Primary Source paper

The Great Depression was international in scope and the result of many factors — overproduction/underconsumption, rampant speculation in stocks and loans, environmental catastrophe, and a strong belief the government had no role in helping people.

But widespread unemployment, the failure of banks and businesses, and the reality as FDR put it in his Fireside Chat radio addresses: 1/3 of the nation was ill clad, ill fed and ill housed sparked government action and calls for workers rights and “economic security.”

The New Deal was an effort to both right the economy and aid Americans. But relief, recovery and reform were not always the same. Recovery did not always mean the lives of Americans improved even if the economy did.

Today, many Americans are in economic crisis, like the 1930s, facing evictions, job loss and the stress it produces. Yet, “stimulus” and unemployment benefits have been widespread and well received. Is this welfare?

Reflection: Is it the role of the government to provide for the basic welfare of its citizens and residents?


Choose one New Deal Program and determine how successful it was in providing relief, recovery or reform.

Great Depression & WWII
Choose Two Primary sources within the time period covered by this course on the same event.

A Primary Source is any letter, image, book, photo, recording, or record made at the same time as the historical event.

In 3-4 full-length pages, answer the following:


What is the event? What is the significance of the event?Compare and contrast the two sources on your chosen event. (Do they use the same information? Do they have the same perspective? Do they seem to have a bias?)Speculate on what might account for the differences in the sources you examine.


Be sure to include copies or a citation for each Primary Source


Papers will not be accepted late. Papers must be type written, double spaced, utilize a 12-point font, 1-inch margins, formal English and Chicago Manual Style citations. Please consult the following website for the conventions of Chicago Manual Style citations: