Wednesday, March 31, 2010

AP US History: Take Home Assignment (Easter Break)

1. Complete the DBQ assigned in class (1920s Foreign Policy)

2. Complete the OPEN BOOK exercises from Bailey that correspond with chapters 32, 33, and 34 in your textbook. *** There will be a short quiz (no notes allowed) on this information on the day we return. This work will be collected as well.

3. Select a Person to interview that is EITHER: at least 4 times your age or has personal memories of the Depression era or WWII.
Complete the following about the person you are interviewing as a BLOG POST:
1. Name, age, and year of birth of your person:
2. What is the first major historical event that you remember (national or world)and describe briefly what you remember?
3. What specific facts and details do you either remember personally or have been given the impression of by others about life during the Great Depression (1930s) in your hometown or town where you lived?
4. What specific facts and details do you either remember personally or have been given the impression of by others concerning World War II?
5. Think of 3 questions on your own to ask your interviewee and record the questions and answers on the blog.
6. Write a brief comparison (on the blog) of information concerning the Depression and WWII found in your Bailey textbook and the oral history information. Does Bailey back up what you learned or are there differences, explain.

There is a website link in the left hand column that might provide some tips for the Oral History Interview.


  1. Name: Lizzie Steele
    Age: 81
    Year of birth: April 10,1919

    (2) 1st major historical event: Great Depression. She explained it was tough on her family because they had no money. She remember having no transportation...they had to walk everywhere.
    (3) Great Depression in her hometown: Everybody struggle and mostly the families in her town worked on plantations. She remember having no electrictity or bathrooms. They used an outhouse as a bathroom along with most families. Her mother died during the Great Depression so her family struggle with her death and not having any money.
    (4) Deatils about WWII: Her family kept her away from the war deatils because her brother went to the war and they didnt want to worry her or her sisters. All she remember was her father always complaining about the war.
    (5) Three Questions:
    a. Which US president is your favorite and why? Bill Clinton is her favorite because she thinks he tried to help out the poor and make life easier on people.
    b. Which New deal program do you remember the most? She remember the AAA and social security. Everybody was happy about social secruity and they talked about getting money from the government.
    c. What do you consider to be the biggest promblem facing the Great Depression? Trying to find a job and support your family. Her father stressed and struggle about the fact that him or no one else could provide their families with even acceptable things. The things they had to eat or live with was in most people eyes not acceptable. Her older brothers could not find a job to help out her dad so thats whyy no one really complain about anything.
    (6) Bailey described the Great Depression as a struggling time for most families and a great time of unemployment. However, I dont remember Bailey describing families having no electrictity or even bathrooms! I found that the most shocking! Bailey also failed to mention that even though people was struggling, families held together through church and prayer. Her family prayed everyday.

  2. Jasmine - this is very interesting, exactly what I was hoping - that you would discover some things about the Depression not in the textbook. For example, the appreciation people have for things that they had to do without during those rough times. What vivid memories Ms. Steele has and great questions you asked. Nice job.

  3. Name: Faye Taylor
    Age: 70
    Year of Birth: 1940

    2. She remembers her parents talking about the Atomic Bombs, although at the time she had no idea what they were.
    3. She wasn't alive for the Great Depression, but she remembers her mother telling her about how hard it was. Almost everyone was poor during that time, however, so their family just got used to living cheaply.
    4. In order to conserve and make their own food, her family had a garden. She would spend time tending the garden with her mother, but she really didn't know at the time that it had anything to do with the war.
    5. Did any of your family members fight in WW2?
    No, but one of her good friends had a family member to fight in WW2.
    What was life like for your family during WW2?
    Even though they didn't have a lot of material possessions, they were a very close family. They ate dinner together every night.
    Do you think technology has positively or negatively impacted family life?
    Todays families aren't as close as they used to be. Instead of spending time together, they spend time on the computer.
    6. All of the facts were the same in Bailey, but Bailey didn't go into detail about family life. It's cool to see how families grew closer during this difficult time.

  4. 1. Name: Charles Cosgrove
    Age: 70
    Year of birth: 1940

    2.He remembers people talking about the Great Depression. They save everything and did not waste anything.

    3. People with out a job, DPA, one day of work a week at about $1.
    A candy bar at the time was a nickel and a brand new car was $700.

    4.He has three brothers in the Army, everyone was patriotic, they did not have any cell phones or computers.

    5.What new deal programs do you remember the most?
    DPA, SCC, all about improvement.

    How would you say you were affected by these events?
    He did not see his father for three years, his father came back a year after the war was over.

    what were some of your experiences during these time periods?
    They were poor and did not know it.
    They survive by: under the garage they raise chickens that provided eggs and they sold them to the people, and once the chickens were old they were killed for Sunday dinner.
    Garden: contain onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuces, grapes, tree of pears, and apple. They would use the grapes for jelly, the apples for apple pie and sauce, and in the fall they would canned the fruit.
    Clothes: during Easter, when he was 15 years old, he would buy two suits, too big so that he could grew into it, then he would wear them to school and the next year he would do the same, to the shirts, he would turn over the collard of it and sew it when the color die.
    To the coffee he would add chickery(he didn't know how to spelled it and i didn't know either:()
    They did not own a car until 1941 and that was their first car, before that they would use motorcycles and walk.

    *This is something interesting that he told me:
    he said he went in a date once with this girl, and he said that, they had a coca-cola and some chips which was about 30 cents, then they went to the movies and that was 15 cents, then they went to the YMCA to see some type of show or something like that and that was 30 cents, then they went to a restaurant and had hot dogs which was 70 cents, and they had a GREAT TIME:)
    he also worked a part time job and made $8 a week.

    6. Baily and the person I interview, basically said they same thing except that Baily did not went into much detail about the difficulties they actually had to go through.

  5. 1.
    name: Clay Tom Redwine Jr.
    age: 91
    year of birth: 1918

    He could remember a sentential in Albemarle for its 100 year anniversary, he was 30 years old. As a kid the great depression was one of his earlier memories.

    During the great depression he could remember men coming up to his house asking his mother if they could do any kind of work for some food. If she could she would give them a job and give them a glass of milk and a slice of cornbread. His father was a farmer so they were never without food. Because they grew or raised what ever they ate.

    Many of his friends were drafted into WW2, but he got lucky. He said they were always changing the rules about who had to go, and every time they changed the rules it always worked out in his favor. At one point he was 39th on the list to go but they decided that they were not going to send married men anymore and he had been married.

    5. I asked him which president did he think did the best job while in office: it was FDR with out a doubt. He talked about how he was creating jobs for everyone when they really needed it to pull us out of the depression. And he even told me about one of FDR's programs that took place in Albemarle. They were trying to clear a spot for a bridge and they paid guys to cut the stone away.

    I asked him about his best childhood memory and he said it was Christmas. Because it was the only time that kids ever got anything. And it would be like one toy.

    Lastly I asked him where had he seen the biggest changes occur in his lifetime. He said farming. As a kid his brothers and him would help their dad in the fields. They grew barley and wheat and had to cut it and tie it up by hand. Then after the reaper was created his dad was able to get one to make everything a lot easier. One thing i thought was very interesting was he remembered his father allowing a tenant farmer to live and grow cotton on their land.

    His facts lined straight up with bailey, and it was really cool to sit there and listen to him because he was like a living history book. Talking about all of the different organizations that FDR established. And his memories of the great depression.

  6. Name:Peggy Bogle
    Age: 73
    YOB: 1937

    2. My grandmother specifically remembers WW II and how her older male cousins would come home from war and would be quiet and ill constantly.

    3. My grandmother was raised in the North so her experiences might have been a little different. She said that there were never any dinner outs and life was simple and nothing was extravagant.

    4. She repeated what she said in question two, just how her cousins acted towards war.

    5. I asked her what has been the most technological advancement and she replied the television.

    6. My grandmother is a retired nurse so I asked her what has changed the most in the healthcare field and she said that the technological advances are amazing. Medicine has improved and machines now act as doctors.

    7. I then asked her how families have changed over the years. She said that families had strict rules, curfews, dress codes, etc. She also said they're much more divorces now-a-days. She also said it's nice to see that some families still have Christian morals.

    8. The differences between Bailey and a personal interview is that you really get to see information that doesn't just occur in a history book, but in someones life. This interview allowed me to connected with my grandmother on a more personal level than a history book can.

  7. Name:Barbara Hervey

    2. My grandmother remembers some of the end of WW2 and hearing reports of it on the radio.
    3. She remembers being told that the day before the stock market crash her dad sold a load of grain and was unable to deposit it before the banks closed that day. The next day the banks crashed and my grandmother's family still had a significant amount of cash which apparently helped significantly during the depression.
    4. She remembers a cousin returning from the pacific and giving a captured Japanese sword to her dad.
    5. How did your family make a living:Farming
    6. What societal differences were there between then and today:larger, closer, and more moral families. More farming.
    7. What noticeable changes in culture happened during this time:new methods of travel became more common.My grandmother says she remembered when her dad heard a diesel train for the first time.
    8. The difference is that you get to see what happened from a first-person perspective instead of a general overview of history.