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The Great Depression

The Great Depression

The Great Depression is a time in United States history during which there was a large number of people unemployed. A lot businesses failed because people did not have money to buy anything. The Great Depression started when stock market prices began to fall on September 4, 1929 and crashed on October 29, 1929, also known as Black Tuesday. The Great Depression lasted through the middle of the 1930s.

The websites and books on this page will help you learn about what life was like during The Great Depression. It was a very hard time but many, many people who lived through it remember it as a time when families and friends helped each other and relied on each other for even basic needs look food and shelter.


Non-Fiction Books:

The Great American Dust Bowl The Great Depression Why Did the Great Depression Happen The Great Depression 2
The Great Depression and World War II 1930s Children of the Dust Bowl Migrant Mother
Children of the Great Depression The Great Depression For Kids Welcome to Kits World

Fiction Books:

Letters From Hillside Farm Annie Troubled Times The Great Depression The Carpenters Gift
Moon Over Manifest The Blue Comet Better to Wish My Name is Rachel
The Miners Daughter The Luck of the Buttons Wingwalker


Here are some stories about the Great Depression – the characters all live Indiana:
The Dark Didnt Catch Me The Mighty Miss Malone Chig and the Second Spread Christmas After All
Blossoms on the Roof

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Franklin and Winston

Franklin and Winston

Winston and ChurchillWhen we study history, a lot of time we get caught up in the dates and events that happened and pay too little attention to the STORY of what happened. Who were the people involved? What did they say to each other? How did people make decisions? Franklin and Winston is a book that tells the story of a very important meeting between the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, and the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill, in 1941.

At the height of World War II, only a few days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill began an extraordinary visit, during which they made plans that would lead to the success of the Allied powers as well as to a continuing peace after the war ended.

In December 7, 1941 the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. On December 8, 1941 America declared war on Japan. So these two guys, they have a meeting a few DAYS after Pearl Harbor and the make a plan…a plan that would lead to the success of the allies in 1945…four YEARS later. Two smart guys.

The following websites and books will help you get a better understanding of the people and events of World War II by sharing with you the stories of people who were actually there.

Indiana & Indianapolis:

Weapons, Gear & Uniforms of World War II The Illustrated Timeline of World War II World Rosie the Riveter The Secret of the Manhattan Project
Voices of World War II Stories from the Front Lines World War II Memorial Franklin & Winston Candy Bomber
To Hope and Back The Good Fight Tuskegee Airmen Anne Frank
Flag with 56 Stars Six Million Paper Clips One Thousand Tracings

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