Authentic History Center
The focus is on economics this week as we examine
the various depressions that hit our region in the 1920s and 30s. Professor
Wiltse’s Lecture (approximately 41 minutes) outlines
the Montana depression in the 1920s and the Great Depression in our region
in the 30s. Maps & Cityscapes presents Seattle’s
Hooverville in words and photographs, while Tribal Perspectives features
the Meriam Report and interviews relating to economic life on the reservations.
People and the Humanities gives a biography
of Montana Senator Burton K. Wheeler and excerpts from the Federal Writer’s
Folklore Project. In addition to our top reading and viewing picks, Research also
asks you to consider the demographic changes caused by the Depressions.
Assignment suggestions for this week’s content include:
- When teaching regional history, we often try to show how national events
or trends played out on the local level, but this week Professor Wiltse told
us about how Montana did not follow the national economic boom in the 1920s. In
what other ways do regions differ from national life, and what does it mean
to those places to be so different? This might work especially well
when discussing the causes of the Civil War.
- What is the psychological toll on a population in times of crisis? How
does a national (or in this case international) crisis, and such a shared
experience, change how the people of that country see themselves?
- Tribal Perspectives this week deals with the extreme poverty on reservations. What
are the various ways groups of people, either on their own or in conjunction
with governments, attempt to deal with poverty? What are the effects
of long-term poverty on any given group of people?