by David M. Kennedy

Herbert Hoover got many things wrong about the great economic calamity that destroyed his presidency and his historical reputation, but he got one fundamental thing right. Much legend to the contrary, the Great Depression was not entirely, perhaps not even principally, made in America. “The primary cause of the Great Depression,” reads the first sentence of Hoover’s Memoirs, “was the war of 1914–1918.”More »

Featured Primary Sources

First Inaugural Address of Franklin D. Roosevelt, March 4, 1933. (GLC00675)

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s First Inauguration, 1933

Creator: Franklin D. Roosevelt Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics, Literature Grade Levels:
Inaugural Address of President Herbert Hoover, March 4, 1929 (Gilder Lehrman Col

Herbert Hoover’s Inaugural Address, 1929

Creator: Herbert Hoover Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels:
Hooverville in Portland, Oregon, photograph by Arthur Rothstein, July 1936. (Lib

Photograph of a “Hooverville,” 1936

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Teaching Resources

Banking Basics

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels: 1, 2, 3, 4

Consequences of the Depression

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Dust Bowl Stories

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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Multimedia

Severity of Economic Hardship During the Depression

Speaker(s): David M. Kennedy Duration: 1 minute 52 seconds

The American West and the Great Depression

Speaker(s): Richard White Duration: 2 minutes 21 seconds

The Causes of the Great Depression

Speaker(s): David M. Kennedy Duration: 2 minutes 51 seconds
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