To Kill a Mockingbird Resources



DIRECTIONS:  Use the links to explore--through pictures, documents and audio/video clips--what life was like in 1930's America.  While you explore, take notes on key features related to daily life, hardships, politics, science and technology, race relations, arts and culture, fashion, etc.  Notes should be neatly handwritten on a new page in your notebooks.  Notes must be in your own words.  Include the websites where you found information.  Twenty thoughtful, detailed notes minimum.  Notes will be used for a graded writing piece later this week.


Begin with at least one of these sites:


•  A Photo Essay on the Great Depression (photos and captions from around the country)

•  The American Experience (photo gallery with captions from PBS)--does not work on

•  The Dust Bowl (article, photos, and video)iPads

•  The Dust Bowl of the 1930s (short article plus audio/video clips from people who experienced it)

•  Life in the 1930s (gives overview of miseries, the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, John Dillinger, and the Bonus Army)

The 1930s (overview, videos, and more!)


Then you may choose from the sites below.  Sites are organized by topic.  You must explore sites from at least two different topic groupings.

1930s overview

•  1930s Events Timeline

•  1930s photos (google search results)

•  Children of the Great Depression (photos)

•  The Dust Bowl (video clip)

 Farming in the 1930s (article)

 Fashion in the 1930s (article)

•  Going to School in the 1930s (a blog from someone who lived it)

•  The Market Crashes (article)

•  Minority Groups and the Great Depression (article)

•  The Plight of Farmers (article)

•  Popular Culture During the Great Depression (article)

•  Why the Great Depression Happened (article)

•  Technology in the 1930s Timeline


1930s Alabama

•  1930s Alabama photos (google search results)

•  Alabama similarities to Dust Bowl (article)

•  Great Depression in Alabama (article)

African Americans in the 1930s

•  1930s African American photos (google search results)

•  What was Jim Crow? (article exploring Jim Crow laws and their impact on life of African Americans)

•  Scottsboro Boys rape trial (overview of history of black youths falsely accused of raping white women)

•  History of segregation in Alabama (overview of segregation from 1800s on)

•  Of Another Fashion (photos of fashion for women of color in the 1930s)

•  Discrimination at home and at work (article with interviews)

•  Three Generations White and Black (article with interviews)

•  Rural African American Life in the 1930s (photos)

•  The Depression and World War II (article--look at last paragraph for African American information)

•  Minority Groups and the Great Depression (article with information broken down by cultural groups)

•  The Invisible Women of the 1930s (article)

•  Impact of the Great Depression on African Americans (article)

Asian Americans in the 1930s

•  1930s Asian American photos (google search results)

•  Asian Pacific American Timeline:  1930-1939 (features key news events for Asian Americans in the 1930s)

•  Chinatown:  De Facto Segregation (an overview of segregation of Asian Americans in San Francisco in the 1930s)

•  The Great Depression in Washington State (article)

•  Minority Groups and the Great Depression (article with information broken down by cultural groups)


Latino Americans in the 1930s

•  1930 Hispanic American photos (google search results)

•  1930s Mexican deportation (interview)

•  Mexican farmworkers in the 1930s (article)

•  Mexican repatriation in the 1930s (article)

•  U.S. urged to apologize for 1930s deportations (news article)


Native Americans in the 1930s

•  1930s Native American photos (google search results)

•  The Great Depression in Washington State (article)

•  The Removal of Indians in San Diego (article)


Women in the 1930s

•  1930s women--photos (google search results)

•  The Women Were Fearless (article about working women in the 1930s)

•  What Ten Million Women Want (by Eleanor Roosevelt) (1932 article)

•  Women of the 1930s (a highlight of key women in national roles with links to further info)

•  Working Women in the 1930s (article)

•  Women and the Great Depression (article)

•  Womens Roles in the 1930s (article)

•  The Depression and World War II (article--look at last paragraph for African American information)

•  Womenswear in the 1930s (fashion pictures and explanations)

•  The Invisible Women of the 1930s (article)