America Depth Study

Overview of the topic

The topic is split into 4 key areas:

1. How far did the US economy boom in the 1920s?

• On what factors was the boom based?
• Why did some industries prosper while others did not?
• Why did agriculture not share in the prosperity?
• Did all Americans benefit from the boom?

2. How far did US society change in the 1920s?

• What were the ‘Roaring Twenties’?
• How widespread was intolerance in US society?
• Why was Prohibition introduced, and then later repealed?
• How far did the roles of women change in the 1920s?

3. What were the causes and consequences of the Wall Street Crash?

• How far was speculation responsible for the Wall Street Crash?
• What impact did the Crash have on the US economy?
• What were the social consequences of the Crash?
• Why did Roosevelt win the election of 1932?

4. How successful was the New Deal?

• What was the New Deal as introduced in 1933?
• How far did the character of the New Deal change after 1933?
• Why did the New Deal encounter opposition?
• Why did unemployment persist despite the New Deal?
• Did the fact that the New Deal didn’t solve unemployment mean it was a failure?


By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will: be able to describe the economic, social and political changes in the United States 1919-41.


Most students will: be able to assess the extent of the changes in the United States 1919-41.

Some learners will have progressed further and will: be able to explain and evaluate the different interpretations of the extent of the changes in the United States 1919-41.

Key Assessments

2 assessed exam questions in class and one assessed exam question for homework.

How to help your child

Discuss the prioritisation of factors that caused the 1920s boom.  Discuss which type of consequences of the Wall Street Crash, economic or social, were the most important.  Discuss the different aspects of the New Deal and use this discussion to work out how successful the New Deal was.

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