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Life During the Great Depression

Historic image of two men walking on a road next to a billboard promoting train travel.

The Great Depression was an incredibly difficult time for many people. Keep in mind that many of the relief programs that help people today like unemployment benefits, didn't exist then so people truly had nowhere to turn. In the following interactive you will pretend that you are living during that time. As you go through this element, think about how your real life is different from the character you play.

Click here for the Interactive Program.

Journaling Jumpstarts

  1. Write a journal entry comparing and contrasting your life to the life of your character in the interactive.

  2. Make a list of the pros and cons of joining the CCC at a time like that portrayed in the interactive.

  3. Make a list of the five most important things in your life. Then explain how each of those things would be affected if you lived in poverty.


Click here to continue to Part III.

Did You Know?

Shenandoah National Park’s scenic highway, Skyline Drive, winds through a tunnel of trees in all their fall color glory.

Skyline Drive, the only public road through Shenandoah National Park, rides the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains for 105 miles through the park, then joins the Blue Ridge Parkway which connects Shenandoah to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC.