U.S. History is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of most introductory courses. The text provides a balanced approach to U.S. history, considering the people, events, and ideas that have shaped the United States from both the top down (politics, economics, diplomacy) and bottom up (eyewitness accounts, lived experience). U.S. History covers key forces that form the American experience, with particular attention to issues of race, class, and gender.Senior Contributing AuthorsP. Scott Corbett, Ventura CollegeVolker Janssen, California State University, FullertonJohn M. Lund, Keene State CollegeTodd Pfannestiel, Clarion UniversityPaul Vickery, Oral Roberts UniversitySylvie Waskiewicz
The Stock Market Crash of 1929President Hoover’s ResponseThe Depths of the Great DepressionAssessing the Hoover Years on the Eve of the New Deal
By the end of this section, you will be able to:Identify the challenges that everyday Americans faced as a result of the Great Depression and analyze the government’s initial unwillingness to provide assistanceExplain the particular challenges that African Americans faced during the crisisIdentify the unique challenges that farmers in the Great Plains faced during this period
A short history on the environmental impact of the Dust Bowl on farmers in the 1930s. Also included is a local history of Modesto's Airport District, written by Dr. Talitha Agan.