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Utah’s Perfect Storm: Drought, Debt, and The Great Depression

467px-Migrant_Mother_(LOC_fsa.8b29516)If you’re looking for a way to teach Utah’s role in The Great Depression, this might just be your answer. This is a fantastic movie about Utah during the Great Depression. Some parts are a little cheesy, but the information is easy for 7th graders to understand. The preface below is taken from Utah Education Network’s eMedia, which is where this video can be viewed. (Apparently, it can also be watched on YouTube- for those districts that ALLOW it…)

Utah’s Perfect Storm: Drought, Debt, and The Great Depression

“Utah’s Perfect Storm: Drought, Debt, and the Great Depression, a 30-minute television documentary produced by KBYU-TV, channel Eleven, follows a team of high school students as they learn how Utahans in the 1930s overcame challenges similar to our own—ongoing drought, debilitating debt, and a struggling economy. The program addresses the following Utah-related topics: U.S. Senator Reed Smoot and the Smoot-Hawley Tariff; the Civilian Conservation Corps; the Navajo Livestock Reduction Program; Depression-era artists Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange; the demise of Widtsoe, Utah; dust storms in Grantsville, Utah; and the national role of Utah businessman Marriner S. Eccles.”

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