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US History Survey: The Great Depression and World War Two | Museum Exhibit

This guide was created to support the final project for US History, Winter term '24. For questions or help accessing these resources, please contact Ms. Sinai

Getting Started


Essential Question:

  • To what extent did experiences during the Great Depression and WWII differ based on ethnic, gender, class, or regional differences?

Guiding Question (choose a focus area in response to one of the following):

  • In what ways and to what extent did the Great Depression transform America economically, politically, and socially?
  • To what extent did WWII impact American soldiers and civilians?


Lange, Dorothea, photographer. Oklahoma dust bowl refugees. San Fernando, California. United States Los Angeles County California San Fernando, 1935. June. Photograph.

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Background Reading: Reference Collections & Articles

Scholarly Source Collections: Online Resources

Online Resources:

Books from the Library Catalog:

To find a book, search the Bunn Library CatalogUse the General Keyword search to broaden your results. For a narrower focus, search the catalog by Subject Keyword using the drop-down menu. Try the keywords World War, 1939-1945 or browse related subjects.

To find books in the stacks, look at the call number:

  • 000-399: Lower Level

  • 400-699: Main Floor

  • 700-999: Second Floor

Have a useful book in hand?

  • Look at the Index for additional keywords and locate where they are discussed in your book. 

  • Check the Bibliography for additional sources that are connected to your topic.


Primary Source Collections

For more recommendations specific to women in WWII, visit this research guide

Newspapers and Periodical Archives:

Historical Images (Photographs, Illustrations, etc):

Analyzing a visual source can be tough! Start with these questions to help think through how the imagery supports the creator's goals. What is the value of the source? What does it say? What does it leave out? 

  • Describe the source: List information about the images, colors, lines, placement of objects, other details.
  • Record basic information about the work. Who created it? When? Does the piece have a title, or supporting text that can provide more context? In what format was it originally distributed, and how it was it used?
  • Based on what you know about the image, what message did the creator(s) of the poster intend to express? Who was the intended audience? What do you think they wanted the audience to do or feel once they have seen the image?
  • Is the image effective? Does it successfully communicate the intended message? Does it use misleading information or lies to express its message? If so, how?
  • Remember, you are building an exhibit. When choosing your artifacts, think about how they relate to one another - can you find artifacts that share common themes, or offer a counterpoint? 

For more help, use the Image Analysis Procedure graphic organizer from Facing History. 

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