Great Depression Primary Documents

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  • 1. 
    Read and analyze Woody Guthries song: Back in Nineteen Twenty-Seven, I had a little farm and I called that heaven. Well, the prices up and the rain come down, And I hauled my crops all into town -- I got the money, bought clothes and groceries, Fed the kids, and raised a family. Rain quit and the wind got high, And the black ol' dust storm filled the sky. And I swapped my farm for a Ford machine, And I poured it full of this gas-i-line -- And I started, rockin' an' a-rollin', Over the mountains, out towards the old Peach Bowl. Way up yonder on a mountain road, I had a hot motor and a heavy load, I's a-goin' pretty fast, there wasn't even stoppin', A-bouncin' up and down, like popcorn poppin' -- Had a breakdown, sort of a nervous bustdown of some kind, There was a feller there, a mechanic feller, Said it was en-gine trouble. Way up yonder on a mountain curve, It's way up yonder in the piney wood, An' I give that rollin' Ford a shove, An' I's a-gonna coast as far as I could -- Commence coastin', pickin' up speed, Was a hairpin turn, I didn't make it. Man alive, I'm a-tellin' you, The fiddles and the guitars really flew. That Ford took off like a flying squirrel An' it flew halfway around the world -- Scattered wives and childrens All over the side of that mountain. We got out to the West Coast broke, So dad-gum hungry I thought I'd croak, An' I bummed up a spud or two, An' my wife fixed up a tater stew -- We poured the kids full of it, Mighty thin stew, though, You could read a magazine right through it. Always have figured That if it'd been just a little bit thinner, Some of these here politicians Coulda seen through it. What does he have to give up to get a Ford Pickup?
    • A. 

      His life's investments

    • B. 

      All of his belongings

    • C. 

      His farm

    • D. 

      His Chevy truck

  • 2. 
    Read and analyze Woody Guthries song: Back in Nineteen Twenty-Seven, I had a little farm and I called that heaven. Well, the prices up and the rain come down, And I hauled my crops all into town -- I got the money, bought clothes and groceries, Fed the kids, and raised a family. Rain quit and the wind got high, And the black ol' dust storm filled the sky. And I swapped my farm for a Ford machine, And I poured it full of this gas-i-line -- And I started, rockin' an' a-rollin', Over the mountains, out towards the old Peach Bowl. Way up yonder on a mountain road, I had a hot motor and a heavy load, I's a-goin' pretty fast, there wasn't even stoppin', A-bouncin' up and down, like popcorn poppin' -- Had a breakdown, sort of a nervous bustdown of some kind, There was a feller there, a mechanic feller, Said it was en-gine trouble. Way up yonder on a mountain curve, It's way up yonder in the piney wood, An' I give that rollin' Ford a shove, An' I's a-gonna coast as far as I could -- Commence coastin', pickin' up speed, Was a hairpin turn, I didn't make it. Man alive, I'm a-tellin' you, The fiddles and the guitars really flew. That Ford took off like a flying squirrel An' it flew halfway around the world -- Scattered wives and childrens All over the side of that mountain. We got out to the West Coast broke, So dad-gum hungry I thought I'd croak, An' I bummed up a spud or two, An' my wife fixed up a tater stew -- We poured the kids full of it, Mighty thin stew, though, You could read a magazine right through it. Always have figured That if it'd been just a little bit thinner, Some of these here politicians Coulda seen through it. What is the likely cause that he has to make the trade for the Ford?
    • A. 

      The value of his farm has decreased because of the Dust Bowl

    • B. 

      The value of his farm has decreased because of the Stock Market crash

    • C. 

      He became homeless when his wife left him

    • D. 

      The value of his farm has increased because of the stock market crash

  • 3. 
    Read and analyze Woody Guthries song: Back in Nineteen Twenty-Seven, I had a little farm and I called that heaven. Well, the prices up and the rain come down, And I hauled my crops all into town -- I got the money, bought clothes and groceries, Fed the kids, and raised a family. Rain quit and the wind got high, And the black ol' dust storm filled the sky. And I swapped my farm for a Ford machine, And I poured it full of this gas-i-line -- And I started, rockin' an' a-rollin', Over the mountains, out towards the old Peach Bowl. Way up yonder on a mountain road, I had a hot motor and a heavy load, I's a-goin' pretty fast, there wasn't even stoppin', A-bouncin' up and down, like popcorn poppin' -- Had a breakdown, sort of a nervous bustdown of some kind, There was a feller there, a mechanic feller, Said it was en-gine trouble. Way up yonder on a mountain curve, It's way up yonder in the piney wood, An' I give that rollin' Ford a shove, An' I's a-gonna coast as far as I could -- Commence coastin', pickin' up speed, Was a hairpin turn, I didn't make it. Man alive, I'm a-tellin' you, The fiddles and the guitars really flew. That Ford took off like a flying squirrel An' it flew halfway around the world -- Scattered wives and childrens All over the side of that mountain. We got out to the West Coast broke, So dad-gum hungry I thought I'd croak, An' I bummed up a spud or two, An' my wife fixed up a tater stew -- We poured the kids full of it, Mighty thin stew, though, You could read a magazine right through it. Always have figured That if it'd been just a little bit thinner, Some of these here politicians Coulda seen through it. This song is most likely about what event during the Great Depression
    • A. 

      FDR's 1932 election

    • B. 

      Black Tuesday

    • C. 

      Dust Bowl of the 1930's

    • D. 

      Unemployment Fridays

  • 4. 
    Go to the Diaz-History folder in the O drive .  Open up the Great Depression Exam Primary document.   Read the document and answer the following questions.        What is the hardest thing about Mr. Patterson's situation for him?                                                                                                                                                                                                          
    • A. 

      He doesn't enjoy eating anymore and has lost a lot of weight

    • B. 

      His income has been reduced from 35-40 to zero.

    • C. 

      He feels humiliated and useless.

    • D. 

      He feels sick from the dust storms

  • 5. 
    Go to the Diaz-History folder in the O drive .  Open up the Great Depression Exam Primary document.   Read the document and answer the following questions.               Who does Mr. Patterson blame for his unemployment?                                                                                                                                                                   
    • A. 

      President Hoover

    • B. 

      President Roosevelt

    • C. 

      His wife and daughter

    • D. 

      Himself

  • 6. 
    The New Deal programs of the Great Depression created a lasting change in our society.  In 1-2 paragraphs explain what that change is and if you think it was a good or bad thing.  (Think about the impact of the New Deal on the Great Depression and the long term legacy of the programs)