The Great Depression
Free Games & Activities
The Great Depression was the worst economic collapse in history of America. It began in 1929 and did not end until the end of the 1930s. The Great Depression of 1929 devastated the US economy. A third of all banks failed. Unemployment rose to 25% and housing prices fell 67%. The Great Depression was not just felt in the US, it happened throughout the world. It was the longest and most severe depression ever experienced by the industrialized western world. Although it originated in the United States it caused drastic declines in output, unemployment and acute deflation in almost every country of the world. The economic impacts of the Great Depression were enormous. There was incredible human suffering.
The Dust Bowl what is the name given to the drought stricken southern plains regions of the United States which suffered severe dust storms in the 1930s. From Texas to Nebraska people and livestock were killed and crops failed across the entire region. The depletion of topsoil because of over cultivation and drought caused the phenomenon. The drought and dust destroyed a large portion of US agriculture production and made the Great Depression even worse.
The History of the Dust Bowl & effects on the Great Depression
Free downloadable essay The Grapes of Wrath John Steinback
Lesson plans about the History of the Dust Bowl PBS
Educational farming games grades K-6th
Free downloadable essays and reports about the Great Depression
Western Expansion games that Pioneer childrens played
Western Expansion: Pioneer Era Games That Laura Ingalls Would Have Played
Western Expansion Early American Pioneer Children's Games
Western Expansion Historically Accurate American Pioneer Children's Games
Play Stock a Chuckwagon, Lead a Cattle Drive, Do You Speak Cowboy?, Stampede!
Pecos Bill (cartoon video, cowboy folktale)
Ride Cowboy Ride (song, video cartoon)
Cowboys today - keeping the cowboy tradition alive (video)
Overland Trails - Oregon Trail, Santa Fe Trail, Life on the Trail
Western Growth - Cattle Ranches, Indian Wars, Pony Express