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Homework Help: The Great Depression

Homework Help: The Great Depression

More Homework Help – History & Social Studies

Dorothea Lange: the photographer who found the faces of the depression

The Great Depression is a time in United States history during which a large number of people were unemployed. A lot of 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 then crashed on October 29, 1929, also known as Black Tuesday. The Great Depression lasted through the middle of the 1930s.

Dorothea Lange was a photojournalist. A photojournalist is someone who takes photos to tell a story. Dorothea is well known for her photographs of people during The Great Depression, many of them poor and unemployed. Her pictures made the experience of the Depression personal by giving it a face. In Dorothea Lange the Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression you can learn about how her photos told the stories of the people who lived at a very challenging time.

The websites and books on this page will help you learn even more 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 fondly as a time when families and friends helped each other and relied on each other for even basic needs Spartan Blue Radiolike food and shelter. To give you a start looking at what life was like back than, here are some Depression era Artifacts at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Spartan Blue Bird Radio – “Radio was the most important source of news and entertainment in a 1930s home, but few Americans could afford a rare blue-mirror radio during the Great Depression. In 1936, designer Walter Dorwin Teague created this streamlined Moderne or Deco styleradio with the idea that an object’s appearance is as important as its technology.”


Websites, Activities & Printables:

U.S. History in Context: Great Depression is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card. Login using your library card number. It will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about the Great Depression.​

 

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NoveList K-8: Stories about the Great Despression is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. Novelist will show you fiction chapter books and picture books you can read set in the time of the Great Depression. Click on “Check the Library Catalog” to see if IndyPL has the book.


Books:

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations. Click on a book jacket below to request the book. You will be notified when it is available for you to pick up. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

CrashThe Great DepressionBlack Tuesday and the Great DepressionThe Boys in the BoatMigrant MotherChildren of the Great DepressionChildren of the Dust BowlThe Great Depression for KidsAnnieMoon Over ManifestA Long Way From ChicagoBud Not BuddyFour EyesMeet KitOut of the DustTurtle in ParadiseRoll of Thunder Hear My CryFull of Beans

Indiana Books:

The Dark Didn't Catch MeThe Mighty Miss MaloneChigChristmas After All
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Countries of the World

Countries of the World

Children Around the World

If you need to do a report about one of the countries of the world or just want to learn about what life is like somewhere else, the websites and books on this page will help you get started. You will be able to find maps, flags, national anthems, food, clothing, games and more. To find library books, use the online catalog for kids.

To find a book about a particular country just type the name of the country in the search box and click “search.”

There are also country books about themes like  “games” or “festivals” that will have information about individual countries. In books like these, individual countries will have a chapter or a section. Or, you might have to look up a country’s name in the index at the back of the book, to find out which page to go to.


Websites:


Databases:

CultureGramsKids

CultureGrams Kids Edition Choose a country to find up-to-date information for reports including:

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  • climate
  • geography
  • economy
  • history
  • population
  • government
  • holidays
  • religion
  • recipes

You need to know your indyPL Library Card number and PIN to login to CultureGrams Kids EditionWhat’s my PIN?


Books:

You and Me TogetherThe Real Wonders of the WorldThe Illustrated Timeline of the History of the WorldSchool Days Around the WorldSacred StoriesNational Geographic Kids World AtlasHomes Around the WorldFamilies Around the WorldEyewitness Wonders of the WorldEveryone PraysCool World CookingClothesCity AtlasChildren Just Like MeBuild It World LandmarksBirthdays Around the WorldThe World's Greatest Paintings and SculpturesWhat's for Lunch?A Ticket Around the WorldFlags of the WorldTalking to GodWhat We WearLittle TreasuresChildren of the World
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Claudette Colvin & Mary Clark

Claudette Colvin & Mary Clark

Claudette Colvin

Claudette Colvin grew up in Alabama in the 1940s and 1950s. At that time, Jim Crow rules dominated her life. Jim Crow rules were designed to keep black people and white people separated. These are the rules that said black people could not eat in certain restaurants or sit in certain seats on a city bus. When Claudette was 15 years old she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white person, so she was arrested. You’re probably thinking, no, that was Rosa Parks. It’s true, Rosa Parks did the same thing, but Claudette did it too! A lawsuit was filed on behalf of several people, including Claudette and Rosa, to end bus segration, and eventually, they won. Rosa is more well known, but Claudette was right there too, and she was just a kid! Reading her story helps you understand that it took lots of people, young and old, to change the Jim Crow rules. A lot of people were brave enough to stand up and say, “no more!”

This book includes interviews with Claudette herself, so you get the story straight from her. She talks about what it felt like to live with Jim Crow; to constantly be told, “you can’t”. When you hear a real person talking about it, it seems much more real than reading a plain description. Claudette was there and she can speak for herself. If you like reading about Claudette, try Marching For Freedom. That one tells the story of kids who marched in Selma, Alabama to help win black people the right to vote. It’s really good too and includes interviews with people who were kids back then and were actually there.

If you like Claudette’s story you might like finding out about a strong Hoosier woman who fought for her rights. When Indiana became a state in 1816, the constitution stated, “there shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude.” In early 1816, Mary Bateman Clark, a slave in Kentucky, was sold and brought to Knox County, Indiana, as an “indentured servant.”

In 1821 Clark filed suit for her freedom. The Knox County Circuit Court ruled against Clark’s petition to end her indentured servitude. Clark appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court, which ruled that Clark’s status was clearly not voluntary. The court awarded Clark her freedom and in doing so set a precedent for freedom for other indentured blacks held in Indiana.

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