New Deal and Great Depression

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Your task is to create a letter in the voice of a person growing up in the 1930s. This letter will be written to a person living in the year 2007. Before you begin your research, consider the name, gender, race, and age of the "character" you will become. Also, decide the audience for your letter. This might be a friend, family member, or teacher.

Your writing must cover the following topics:

Causes and Effects of the Great Depression

Family, New Deal, and Standard of Living

School and Friends

Social and Political Events in the 1930s

Begin your research by exploring the resources listed below. As you explore the sites, record facts. Remember to avoid copying word for word. The Great Depression from PBS

The Great Depression from the Department of Humanities

Photographs of the Great Depression from the Library of Congress

"I Remember....." Reminiscences of the Great Depression" from the Michigan Historical Center

Then and Now: Prices from the Michigan Historical Center

How the Great Depression Affected Children from the Digital History web site.

Hint: There are three frames within this site. When you have completed a frame click on the arrow to the right. When you have collected information about each of the topics, you are prepared to begin the writing process. Remember, you are writing from the perspective of a person living in the 1930s. You are explaining your life to a person living in 2007. Your letter should include enough detail and description for your reader to gain a sense of what your life was like.

Your letter should be a minimum of five well-developed paragraphs. The letter should have the following: (A–D)

Heading:

Address (imaginary)

City, State (imaginary)

Date (Month, Day, Year in the 1930s)

Greeting:

Dear ________:

Body

Your letter should focus on the following aspects of your life:

Paragraph 1:

In the introduction to your letter, identify two causes of the...
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