Unit 5: Great Depression & New Deal
Major Concepts: Historical Thinking, American Identity, Power, Conflict, Change, Economics- standard of living, Federalism/Role of Government, Leadership
Causes of the Economic Collapse
Effects of the Depressions
Hoover’s Economic Policies
FDR & The New Deal Impact of the New Deal on America (politically, economically, and socially)
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Lyrics
They used to tell me I was building a dream, and so I followed the mob,
When there was earth to plow, or guns to bear, I was always there right on the job.
They used to tell me I was building a dream, with peace and glory ahead,
Why should I be standing in line, just waiting for bread?
Once I built a railroad, I made it run, made it race against time.
Once I built a railroad; now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?
Once I built a tower, up to the sun, brick, and rivet, and lime;
Once I built a tower, now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?
Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,
Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,
And I was the kid with the drum!
Say, don't you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.
Why don't you remember, I'm your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?
Questions and Prompts:
What historically important moments in America's history is the speaker talking about?
How does the speaker feel about his current situation?
How would you describe the speaker's mental state?
Can you suggest modern songs that address social concerns?