Website Main Menu


Chapter 18 - The Great Depression Transforms Montana, 1929 - 1941

Additional Information and Resources for Chapter 18

Websites and Online Lesson Plans

Part 1 of Hope in Hard Times: New Deal Photographs of Montana, 1936-1942, by Mary Murphy, is the best thing written on the Great Depression in Montana (and the pictures are great too.) You can download it here. Professor Murphy was also guest curator for a Montana Historical Society exhibit of the same name. That exhibit is now available as a Powerpoint presentation to download for use in the classroom.

Find out some of the ways the New Deal affected your community by searching the Montana Historical Society Research Center's index to WPA microfilm. An index of correspondence, the list can be used to determine the types and locations of WPA projects in Montana. A key-word search using the name of your town or county can provide students a sense of the range of projects that were funded in your area.

A full-text, searchable version of the Federal Writer's Project Guide to Montana is now available. The guide - created by unemployed writers under the auspices of the Federal Writers Project - is another legacy of the WPA.

Elizabeth Mentzer's article on Montana's post office murals is now available online.

The Great Falls Tribune published a special feature on the New Deal's legacy in Great Falls. 

The New Deal Network, a project of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, is a website devoted to the public works and arts projects of the New Deal. Resources are not Montana specific, but do include primary source documents and lesson plans. The section "Dear Mrs. Roosevelt" features letters to first lady Eleanor Roosevelt from across the nation.

The National Archives' Teaching with Documents project has a lesson centered around "FDR's First Inaugural Address: Declaring 'War' on the Great Depression."

Helena High School teacher Jean O’Connor has created a lesson plan linking the study of the Depression in Montana to literature studies (either of Grapes of Wrath or Out of the Dust). Her lesson plan also offers a suggestion for creative writing based on these letters from drought-stricken farmers.  See her lesson plan, “Experiencing the Depression in Montana.” 
 

Videos or DVDs

Chapter Three, "The Great Depression," (18 minutes) of Montana Mosaic: 20th Century People and Events. (Check your library. OPI donated a copy of this DVD to every public school in Montana. The DVD is also available as streaming video.)

Fort Peck Dam – 56 minutes

Possible Fieldtrips

Fort Peck Interpretive Center & Museum, Fort Peck

 

Alignment to Content Standards and Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians (EU)

Tests and Answer Keys


Wherelandwriteshistory

Cricket traps, Big Horn County, photo by Arthur Rothstein, 1939, courtesy Library of Congress LC-USF34-027411-D

 

Wherelandwriteshistory

Salvation Army, Butte, 1935, photo by L. H. Jorud, Montana Historical Society Photo Archives PAc 74-37

 

Wherelandwriteshistory

Farmer's daughter in storage cellar, Fairfield Bench Farms, photo by Arthur Rothstein, 1939, courtesy Library of Congress LC-USF34-027311-D