News Story ( Question 1) The Great Depression ( Question 2)

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Question 1

The 1920s introduced many modern conveniences, such as the widespread use of the washing machine, and many modern ideas, such as buying on credit.

Imagine you are a newspaper reporter, magazine writer, or radio newsperson.

Choose one of the following topics for your news story:

  • Red Scare
  • Sacco and Vanzetti
  • Volstead Act
  • Al Capone
  • 19th Amendment to the Constitution
  • Scopes Monkey Trial
  • Ku Klux Klan
  • Buying on credit
  • Birth control clinics
  • Films and celebrities
  • Professional sports: baseball and boxing
  • Immigration Act of 1924

Write a 700- to 1,050-word news story. If you choose the role of radio newsperson, you must write a broadcast script. The news story must address the following:

  • Detailed description of the topic, and its significance to the time
  • Implications for American society in terms of economic, social, and cultural trends

Choose one of the following companies and write an advertisement for that company to accompany your news story:

  • Ford Motor Company
  • RCA
  • Coca-Cola
  • Sears, Roebuck & Co.
  • General Electric
  • Maytag
  • Hallmark Cards
  • Hoover
  • American Tobacco Co.
  • Nabisco

Format your news story according to appropriate course level APA guidelines.

Provide three references

The Great Depression (question 2)

Part 1

Complete the chart by filling in each president’s views on the Great Depression.

Great Depression

Herbert Hoover

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Causes of the Great Depression

General description of response to the Depression

Beliefs that guided him in his attempt to solve it

What he told Americans they had to do to overcome the Depression

What agencies he relied on to provide relief

Significant acts passed during his presidency to help end the Depression

Success or failure of his program, and why

Part 2

Most historians agree that the New Deal did not solve the problems of the Great Depression and that, in short, it failed to bring about full economic recovery. Nevertheless, it can be argued that the New Deal was significant in that it introduced a new political tradition and brought fundamental change in a number of areas to America.

Write a 350-word response to each of the following questions:

  • What do you think is meant by the statements above? How did the New Deal change America?
  • Do you think the New Deal changed the relationship between citizens and the federal government and, if so, how? For example, should the government help regulate the economy?

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