Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: Life as an Unemployed Person during the Great Depression

The Great Depression

Author Michael Golay talked about the effects of the Great Depression in New York city during the periods of 1931-1933, including a first person account of life as an unemployed person during that time.

Description

Michael Golay talked about the effects of the Great Depression in New York city during the periods of 1931-1933, including a first person account of life as an unemployed person during that time.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What was President Hoover’s position regarding government aid to the unemployed during this time?
  • What was the actual state of private charities during the early 1930s?
  • How many people were unemployed when President Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in March 1933? Explain the example Michael Golay presents.
  • How prepared for the effects of the depression were cities, towns and people in the country during this time?
  • Explain the effects the Great Depression had on many people in the country.
  • Describe the living conditions in city shelters.
  • How did people spend their days?
  • Describe the people who were affected by the Great Depression.

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • American Red Cross
    • Hooverville
    • Jacob Riis
    • Malnutrition
    • Middle Class
    • President Franklin D. Roosevelt
    • President Herbert Hoover
    • Tenement
    • The New Republic

    Topics

    Economics & Financial LiteracyU.S. History

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity