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The Great Depression and the Arts
A Unit of Study for Grades 8-12

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This publication is the result of a collaborative effort between the National Center for History in the Schools (NCHS) at the University of California Los Angeles and the Organization of American Historians (OAH) to develop teaching units based on primary documents for United States History education at the pre-collegiate level. Damon Freeman, of OAH and Indiana University, provided a careful reading of the text.

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ROBERT GABRICK teaches American and World History at White Bear Lake Schools in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and is also an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota. A teacher since 1962, he has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Minnesota Humanities Commission, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Council for Basic Education, among others. He holds a B.S. in Education from the University of Minnesota and a Master's Degree in American Studies from Macalester College.

BARBARA NICCOLO MARKHAM is Chairperson of the Social Studies Department at Padua Academy in Wilmington Delaware. She graduated from Villanova University with a joint bachelor's degree in Education and History and holds the master's degree in History from the University of Delaware. A recipient of the Christopher Dawson History Department medal from Villanova and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, she is currently secretary of the Delaware Council for the Social Studies. Markham has attended seminars and received fellowships for institutes at the University of Wisconsin, Smith College, George Washington University, Temple University and Harvard University as well as the Foreign Policy Institute.

JAMES C. CURTIS is Professor of History at the University of Delaware, where he is also Director of the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. He holds the doctorate in history from Northwestern University and is the author of Mind's Eye, Mind's Truth: FSA Photography Reconsidered by Temple University Press (1989), Andrew Jackson and the Search for Vindication by Little Brown (1976) and The Fox at Bay: Martin Van Buren and the Presidency, 1837-1841 from University of Kentucky Press (1970). He is the author of numerous reviews in major national journals, including The American Historical Review, The Journal of American History, The Journal of Southern History, The Winterthur Portfolio, American Quarterly and Reviews in American History.

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