Beyond the Great Depression: American politics, society and culture during the 1930s
Time: 12:15 - 14:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HAH36
Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course covers the history of this changing period in the United States through the political, economic, cultural and social changes taking place. Examination of the aftermath of the Great Crash of 1929, to FDR's 'New Deal' economic and social programmes; the drought in the Great Plains and the ‘Dust Bowl’; culture and the impact of particular immigrants to the evolving culture of the period; America’s foreign policy during a time of national focus.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- The political, economic, cultural and social changes of the 1930s
- The Wall Street Crash of 1929, the Great Depression and FDR's response to this (the "3 Rs" - relief, recovery and reform)
– the First New Deal
- the Dust Bowl, drought and ‘Black Blizzards’
- émigrés to America in the 1930s and their impact on American culture
- America’s foreign policy during a time of national ‘crisis’ / focus.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-Explain America’s definition of poverty
-List some key points in American history where changes to poverty occur
-Explain the contextual causes and effects of poverty.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course. You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class will be delivered through a presentation, accompanied by PowerPoint slides. We will use a variety of maps, images, video and text throughout the session.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional costs. A list of recommended resources will be provided to follow-on from the session, but this is optional.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look at our range of US History courses online.
Dale joined City Lit in 2010 and has taught a range of courses in the history and politics programmes. She also teaches in the Politics and Geography Departments at Birkbeck, University of London. She has a PhD in Politics from the University of Durham, and has taught at the Universities of Durham, Limerick, Bedfordshire, and has guest lectured at the University of Birmingham. She has a keen interest in American history/politics, European history/politics, democratic transitions & states, and global issues like the environment, migration and civic edudation. When not teaching, Dale is usually found buried in books (both textbooks and fiction!), baking, still making attempts to learn French, hiking, or squeeking away as a beginner - learning to play the violin.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.