The USA 1930-2000

American History for Everyone
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

In Section 1, you will explore the major economic, social and political changes that occurred for different groups in American Society. Beginning with the impact of the Great Depression on society in the USA in the 1930's, you will then see how America recovered through Roosevelt's New Deal. After the war, America became a certified “superpower" and in the remainder of the unit you will explore how that status changed the lives of women and young people in particular. You will finish Section 1 by focusing on the Presidencies of Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan.

In Section 2, you will explore the incredible changes that occurred for Black people in the USA between 1929 and 2000. Beginning with the plight of Black people in the 1930s including the role of the KKK and the Jim Crow Laws, you will then move on to look at how WW2 was a turning point for many Black Americans. You will then embark on a journey through some of the biggest events in the civil rights era and explore how the likes of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X influenced change. Finally, you will consider how much change had actually taken place by the year 2000.

What are the requirements?

  • An interest in History is all you need!
  • No prior knowledge or understanding is needed before taking this course
  • No software is needed to access the quizzes or supporting documents

What am I going to get from this course?

  • In depth video content allows you to really "get into" the subject!
  • 8 extensive multiple choice, true or false, and fill in the gaps quizzes to test your understanding of key topics
  • Understand the impact of the Great Depression on different groups in society - write a speech for FDR!
  • Understand how the fear of communism after WW2 led to the "witchunt" of suspected communists; McCarthyism
  • Evaluate the presidencies of Hoover, Roosevelt, JFK, Johnson, Nixon and Reagan-who was the best American President of the 20th century?
  • Develop an in depth understanding of the way in which the lives of Black people changed from 1930 through to the year 2000
  • Judge the relative significance of events like the Little Rock 9, the Montgomery bus boycott and the march on Washington to the Civil Rights movement

What is the target audience?

  • This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in American history in the 20th Century
  • Whether you are a beginner starting from scratch or an expert looking to refresh your knowledge, this is the course for you

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: An introduction to this course
Introduction to USA 1930-2000
01:46
Section 2: USA 1930-2000; a country in transition
11:09

By the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Understand the impact of the Wall Street Crash and the Depression on Life in the USA
  • Know what a "Hooverville" was
  • Understand the impact the depression had on unemployment in the USA

Starter: Create a glossary for yourself by looking up and writing down the definitions of the following words; “economy” “recession” “GDP” “Stock market” “shares”

Activate: Watch the following video tutorial where I explain the main effects of the depression on American Society.

Demonstrate: Whilst watching the video, consider which groups of people in America were impacted the most by the depression.

Complete the effects of the Great Depression Quiz.

Rural Farmers were also badly hit in the 1930's by the Dustbowl (a period of drought). Do your own research on the dustbowl. Download the sheet and fill it in.

Extension: Answer the following question; "Describe the main effects of the Great Depression on the USA”.

06:20

By the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Describe the main actions taken by Roosevelt in his first 100 days

Starter:

Find out what these acts/laws/ideas were intended to do and what their results were:

  • 1.The emergency banking act 1933
  • 2.The emergency economy act 1933
  • 3.The Beer Act 1933
  • 4.The Fire Side Chats

Activate: Watch the tutorial and add to your own research findings/notes.

Listen to Roosevelt's first Fireside Chat.

Demonstrate: Answer the question; describe the main actions taken by Roosevelt in his first 100 days.

06:52

By the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Explain what the alphabet agencies were and give examples of them and what they did

Starter: Write out a mind map on a sheet of paper with 4 key problems Roosevelt needed to address when he became President.

Hint – think about farmers, workers in the cities, the economy in general, trust in government.

Activate: Watch the tutorial and take notes – try to learn the names of the key alphabet agencies noted.

Demonstrate: Download the "alphabet agencies" chart and fill it in.

Extension: Which groups do you think would oppose the New Deal agencies and why?

11:34

By the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Explain how and why different groups and individuals opposed the new deal

Starter: THINK – why would anyone oppose the New Deal? Consider different groups such as; Republican politicians, unemployed people and the Supreme Court.

Activate: Watch the tutorial and take notes.

11:28

By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to:

  • Assess the relative success and/or failure of the New Deal in the context of the 1930's.

Starter: Recap by completing the new deal word sort.

Demonstrate: Phone/Facebook a friend from the course and schedule a time to have a discussion/debate on whether the New Deal was a success or failure.

Watch the tutorial on the end of the new deal and Pearl Harbour.

11:37

By the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Explain the origins of McCarthyism and how it developed in the 1950's

Starter: Watch the tutorial as an introduction to this topic.

Demonstrate: Answer the question; describe the effects of McCarthyism on the people of the USA.

10:47

By the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the extent to which the 1960s were a turning point for women in the USA.

Starter: Watch the tutorial.

Demonstrate: Answer this question: Why were the 1960's a turning point for the women's movement?

Download the “model answer” for this question and compare your answer. What could you have done different? Is it full marks?

13:50

By the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Explain the impact Kennedy had and begin to understand why he was a popular President.

Starter: What do you know about the following Presidents?: Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan.

Activate: Download and Read the Presidents overview booklet.

President 1: Kennedy

Watch the tutorial about Kennedy and his “New Frontier” and complete the quiz.

07:30

By the end of this lecture, you will be able to;

  • Describe the events of the Watergate Scandal.

Watch the tutorial about Nixon and Watergate and take notes.

Download the main events of Watergate. Print and cut out each event. Mix them up and try to put them in the right order. Do this several times until you are competent.

07:45

By the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Understand the term "Reaganomics"
  • Understand the impact Reaganomics had on the US economy

Watch the tutorial about Reagan and Reaganomics and complete the online quiz.

Try and answer the question: Why was Ronald Reagan a popular President? (8)

Section 3: USA 1930-2000; life for Black Americans
08:48

By the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Explain the different aspects of life as a Black American in 1930's America

Starter: Consider what the word segregation means.

Activate: Watch the tutorial about the situation for black people in the 1930's. Create a table outlining the key factors of struggle for black people during this time.

Demonstrate: What were the three biggest problems faced by black people in the 1930's in your opinion?Complete the online quiz.

Extension: Find out about the famous Scottsboro trials of the 1930's. Find out; when they happened, who they involved, why they are significant and where they happened. Present this information in the form of a mind map or flow diagram.

10:07

By the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Make a judgement on whether WW2 was a turning point for Black Americans

Starter: Write a list of problems that existed for black people in 1941 (when America joined WW2)

Activate: Watch the tutorial about the reasons why WW2 was a turning point for black people in the USA.

Demonstrate: Make a list of the changes that happened for black people and compare this list to your original list. What are the main differences here? How much progress had been made?

Extension: Can you find out more about the Tuskegee Airmen and the 761st Tank battalion?

08:36

By the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Describe the events of Rosa Parks arrest and the subsequent bus boycott
  • Make judgements about the relative impact of the boycott at the time

Starter: Download the seating plan for the bus that Rosa Parks travelled on and this copy of the Montgomery city code. What do these documents tell you about what happened on the 1st of December 1955?

Activate: Watch the online tutorial here which explains what happened on the bus boycott.

Demonstrate: Complete the online quiz.

Extension: Watch the interview with Rosa Parks.

09:42

By the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Understand why education was such an important issue in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Describe the key events that changed the education of Black people in the USA

Activate: Watch the tutorial which explains how significant the issue of education became in the civil rights movement.

Demonstrate: Complete the online quiz.

Extension: Watch this interview of the “Little Rock 9” on the Oprah Winfrey show.

11:12

By the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Outline the key events in MLK's life
  • Understand the significance of the march on Washington

Starter: What is the best way to achieve change? By force or by peaceful means?

Activate: Watch the tutorial about the life of Martin Luther King.

Demonstrate: Write down a bullet point list of the main beliefs of MLK.

Complete the online quiz.

09:00

By the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Explain the role of Malcolm X in the Black Power movement

Starter: Watch the speech by Malcolm X for the BBC. What does it tell you about Malcolm X's beliefs and values? What words would you use to describe him?

Activate: Watch the tutorial about the Black Power movement.

Demonstrate: Complete the online quiz.

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Instructor Biography

Thomas Rogers, Global Educator and Trainer

I'm Thomas Rogers, a passionate and experienced educator from the UK.

I started my professional teaching career as a High School teacher in 2008 and, at the age of 28, went on to become a Head of Department in one of the highest performing schools in the North West of England in 2013. In September 2016, I will take up the role of Head of History at O Castro International School in Spain.

I have founded, organised and co-hosted #TMHistoryIcons, the only national TeachMeet for History teachers in the UK. Its inaugural meeting took place in March 2016 in Chester and was attended by more than 100 teachers. I currently write a weekly column for the TES, the largest educational publication in the UK. 

I am the director of RogersHistory, an online educational platform which was used by more than 100 schools and 1000 students last academic year.

I try to bring my passion for teaching and learning into all my Udemy courses. The way in which my courses are planned reflects my current professional role and subject expertise. 

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