Differences/similarities between Great Recession & Great Depression
February 1, 2014 1:16 PM Subscribe
What good articles have you read about the Great Recession? I'm particularly interested in resources that help explain the causes, effects and responses to the recent Recession. Bonus if the article/video/infographic/etc. helps explain how the causes, effects, or responses are similar to or different than the causes/effects/responses to the Great Depression.
posted by leitmotif to Education (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The goal of this is for me to enable high school students to understand the differences and similarities between the Great Recession and Great Depression. I'm structuring a class discussion around this topic, and many of my students were young/sheltered enough that they're not really familiar with the Great Recession at all (we're also in a wealthy area that wasn't impacted very much). We'll be focusing on the similarities and differences between the causes, effects and responses to these two very different events. So I'm looking for any resources that will help students understand this topic.
What I've already got covered:
-Resources that show how much deeper the Depression was
-Background info on the Great Depression, its effects, and the New Deal
-An article on Hoovervilles then and now
What I'm trying to avoid:
-In-depth economic theory
-Really long articles
-Films that require watching the whole thing (but I'm happy to pull out 20-min segments of a film if there's anything good)
What I'd love to find:
-Engaging, fairly simple articles (reading level along the lines of The Atlantic or NYT, but not the New Yorker)
-A chapter of a book