DOCUMENT-BASED ESSAY QUESTION
This question is based on the accompanying documents (1-6). The question is
designed to test your ability to work with historical documents. Some of the documents
have been edited for the purposes of the question. As you analyze the documents, take into
account both the source of each document and any point of view that may be presented in
Following the economic boom of the 1920s, the United States entered a period of
prolonged economic depression. Known as the Great Depression, many citizens of the
United States were greatly affected by it. During the Hoover and Roosevelt
Administrations, several economic initiatives were developed to limit the effects of the
Great Depression and allow the American economy to prosper once again.
Using information from the documents and your knowledge of United States history and
government, answer the questions that follow each document in Part A. Your answers to
the questions will help you write the Part B essay, in which you will be asked to:
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Describe the economic problems that existed during the Great Depression.
Discuss the strategies used by Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt to
deal with these economic problems.
Evaluate the overall effectiveness of the economic prog
rams initiated by
Hoover and Roosevelt.
: The rubric (scoring criteria) for this essay appears on the next page.