Tasks for the Economist – To Kill a Mockingbird

PRESENTATION #1: The Great Depression and the Stock Market Crash

The Great Depression

 

  poverty

 

  subsistence

 

  entailment

 

  mortgaged

 

  Stock Market Crash
  ("the crash" – p. 21 [p. 27])

 

  Black Tuesday

 

  Breadline

 

Useful websites:

Crash

Timeline of the Great Depression

 

PRESENTATION #1: Questions about Poverty and Unemployment

Find the answers to the following questions and be ready to report on them to your group:

 

Useful websites:

The Great Depression

Legacy of the Depression

Economic Collapse

How the Depression Affected Children

 


Internet Task

  (You may use this for your Interview Report on your Study Guide.)

 


Task

 


Then and Now: Prices

Look at the table below. In the left column is a list of women's clothing, men's clothing, games and toys, and household goods. In the middle column, the price of each of these items is listed based on advertisements from 1932. Find out what it would cost to buy the same item today. Write that amount in the right column. (It's OK to write in yen.)

WOMEN'S CLOTHES

THEN

NOW

  Winter Coat

$28.00

 

  Leather or Suede Bag

$2.25

 

  Bathrobe

$1.00

 

  Sweater

$1.00

 

MEN'S CLOTHES

THEN

NOW

  Broadcloth Shirt

$1.00

 

  Wool Sweater

$1.00

 

  Bathrobe

$4.90

 

  Overcoat

$18.50

 

GAMES AND TOYS

THEN

NOW

  Sled that Steers

$3.95 - $8.95

 

  Ping Pong Table

$23.50 to $37.50

 

  Mechanical Toys

3 for 59

 

  Doll

$1.95

 

ITEMS FOR THE HOME

THEN

NOW

  Table Lamp

$1.00

 

  Portable Electric Sewing Machine

$23.95

 

  Electric Washing Machine

$33.50

 

  Gas Stove

$19.95

 

 

Questions

 

Then and Now: Wages

 WEEKLY WAGES (general averages)

THEN

NOW

IN JAPAN

  Manufacturing--Production Worker

$16.89

$500

 

  Cook

$15.00

$236

 

  Doctor

$61.11

$1800

 

  Accountant

$45.00

$700

 

Questions

State of Michigan. (2002). Prices: Then and Now. Michigan Historical Center, Department of History, Arts and Libraries. Retrieved January 15, 2005, from http://www.michigan.gov/printerFriendly/0,1687,7-160-15481_19268_20778-52530--,00.html

  


PRESENTATION #2: WPA

Go to the website on the WPA.


  

Interviews

  (You may use these for your Interview Reports on your Study Guide.)

  


PRESENTATION #2: Go Shopping!

Match the following products with a picture.
Then explain each to your group before reading Chapter 12.

  Brown's Mule

  Hoyt's Cologne

  Lydia E. Pinkham's Compound

  Octagon soap


PRESENTATION #2: Grocery Stores

In Chapter 16 (p. 160) [p. 213], Miss Stephanie says that she's going to the Jitney Jungle.

  • What did people in the 1930s NOT buy at grocery stores?

  • What could Miss Stephanie buy at Jitney Jungle that you can buy at your grocery store or supermarket?

  

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Created by CA Edington, Spring, 2005; revised Spring, 2012
Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan