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Depression and New Deal 1920-1945 (EDU 629)

Term: 2013-2014 Academic Year Fall Term


Elizabeth Paige Meszaros
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Through a review of selected historical works on the ?return to normalcy? through the Second World War, as well as readings in primary source documents, the students will more fully understand the historical events of this time of laissez faire, Hoover?s response to the Great Depression, the FDR?s New Deal and the reinvigoration of the American economy resulting from World War II, the violation of some civil liberties during the war, the boost to organized labor from the New Deal, and a new acceptance of internationalism. The course will be taught through a combination of book/primary source discussions via distance learning, on-site speakers from the Organization of American Historians as guest lecturers during two, day-long lectures/discussions, and submitted papers on reading assignments. Significant time and attention will also be given to optimal pedagogies for teaching American history, including technology integration.