America in COLOR Viewing Guide the 1930s the Great Depression Smithsonian


Social Studies – History, U.S. History
Grade Levels
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Resource Type
Activities, Handouts, Movie Guides
File Type
Zip (4 MB|4 pages)


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This viewing guide provides a great overview to the America in COLOR series from the Smithsonian Channel. I love these videos because they utilize primary sources to tell the story of U.S. History. This episode focuses on the 1930s. You can see more in the preview here.

Topics include: Herbert Hoover | The Great Depression | The Bonus Army | The strike at Ford’s Motor Company | The Stock Market Crash | The New Deal (generally) |

Smaller events including: John Dillinger a bank robber, is shot dead | The Golden Gate Bridge | Amelia Earhart | Howard Hughes | “War of the Worlds” | The Wizard of Oz

All the episodes in this series have primary source videos that have been curated and colorized. They provide a fantastic overview for each decade, and can be used as an introduction or a review for a unit. Each episode runs just over 40 minutes, and they are also perfect for subs in a pinch. You can check out the video series on Amazon.

I’ve added these to my middle and high school sections because they work really well for both! I’ve utilized this video as a review for my APUSH classes on several occasions.

Included in this resource:

  • A PowerPoint (editable)
  • A PDF Version (not editable)
  • A Google Slides Version (provided on the front page by a link to make your own copy for editing

* Younger students might need more of the resources filled in for them ahead of time. Therefore, you can edit the resource to meet the needs of your students.

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