Members: Savannah R., Nicole D.

We will be comparing the separate views of America and Germany throughout the Great Depression.

We will be trying to answer these five main questions throughout the project.

1. What caused the Depression in each country?
2. How did the two countries solve their problems?
3. What was the result of the solutions? (good and/or bad)
4. How did the solutions differ?

5.How did America and Germany effect each other during the Great Depression.
6. Would any of the solutions or ideas from the time of the Depression help the world now?


We will be interviewing and researching the American point of view during the Great Depression. We will find the causes and effects of the Depression in America and how the Americans proposed to fix the economy.We wil put our findings into a documentary style film.
We will also be researching the German point of view. We will research how the Great Depression affected Germans, and how they resolved it. We will talk about the Holocaust and the reign of Adolf Hitler. We will be discussing how, before going power mad, Hitler actually could have helped Germany, or if he would have destroyed the people anyway.
America: America was the main cause of the Great Depression. In New York,on October 29, 1929, the stock market crashed causing a world wide crisis known as the Great Depression. Many cities and countries were affected by it and only a few cities were not affected such as small villages.

To try to fix the depression, the US decided to come up with a plan to stop or at least slow down the depression. They had several plans, but only one had any affect, The New Deal. There were two parts to the New Deal.
There was the First New Deal which was made up of a new alphabet of agencies set up. Then there was the Second New Deal that add Social Security, job programs for the unemployed, and the growth of labor unions. Together, they managed to bring up the unemployment rate. America finally got out of the depression for good when they entered World War 2.

For the results, they got out of the depression and managed to stay out of debt for a little bit.
Germany: Germany had no cause in the Great Depression, but were greatly affected by by it. Germany, at the time, was dependent on foreign trade, but when the stock market crashed, their income quickly came to a stop. The middle class was quickly changed over night.
At this point and time Hitler knew his time to come in power had come. Hitler ran for president on September 14,1933. He offered the people of Germany jobs and encouraged them to vote for him. Before he came to power, the unemployment rate was at 30%, but after he came to power it went down to 5 %.

As for the results of this plan, Hitler got his people out of debt, but in doing so, was consumed in power. He started the next World War and killed hundreds of people.
In the end, Germany's plan was more effective against the depression than American's plan was. Unfortunately, it also came back later to haunt the world.
As for the question about if anything from then could help our economy now, there is only one thing for sure. We would have to keep the work divided equally to keep another Hitler from appearing, and the only way to do that is to get everyone in the world to work together to fix the economy.

Period 2: Walker Standiford, Chris Henry, Justin Dancy, Daniel Barker

Synopsis: We are going to be discussing the transition between WWI and WWII.

Essential Questions:
  1. How did the Great Depression effect the world other than the United States?
  2. How did Germany suffer after WWI and how did Germany revive their economy?
  3. How did WWII help the United States come out of the Great Depression?

Answers to questions:
  1. Production and manufacturing slowed down.
  2. They were penalized greatly for their involvement in WWI and they were in debt.
  3. They needed people to manufacture and produce weapons.

WWI started with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand,heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. The conflicts opened with the invasion of France,Belgium,Luxembourg,and the Austrio-Hungarian invasion of Russia. After the German march on Paris was ended, the Western Front settled into a battle of Attrition with the trench line. In the East the Russian Army successfully fought back against the Austrio-Hungarian forces, but were driven back by the army of Germany. Additional fronts opened up with the joining of the Ottoman Empire in 1914, Italy and Bulgaria in 1915, and Romania in 1916.

In 1917, The United States joined the war. The United States was never officially a member of the Allies. They sent 10,000 soldiers everyday to Europe. The Germans were driven back. The Germans were defeated in 1918.

The Great Depression resulted in world wide economic problems. It mainly started in 1929. It started with the collapse of the stock market. The unemployment rose to 25% and other countries up to 33%. The Great Depression finally ended by the late 1930's and early 1940's.

The second world war started in 1939. The two military groups were the Alliance and the Axis. A 100 million military personnel were involved. it started in 1939 with the Germans invading Poland. Later Germany had declarations of war against France and Great Britain and later the Soviet Union.

In 1941 the United States joined the war, because of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The war ended in Europe with the capture of Berlin. In the Pacific the United States nuked Japan. The result of the war was that the Soviet Union and the United States emerged as rival super powers. The cold war between the two lasted for 46 years.

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