OSH 861 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Course Description: The Great Depression: Life in the 1930s provides a close-up view of America and other countries, particularly Germany and Japan, during the hard times of the 1930s.  The class looks at the causes of the Depression, as well as the politics and economics.  In addition, the class will focus on how the Depression affected the people and the arts.


Week 1

The Prelude: The opening class offers an in-depth discussion of the myriad factors that contributed to the Great Depression, beginning with the defeat of Germany in World War I.  It also examines the economic boom in America in the early 1920s and the dynamics that resulted in the stock market crash in 1929.

Week 2

The Politics: This class examines the ramifications of Black Tuesday, October 19, 1929, including the reaction of President Herbert Hoover.  It also looks at the actions of President Franklin Roosevelt to end the Depression after taking office in 1933.

Week 3

The Economy: The Depression began with the crash of the stock market in 1929 but worsened as the 1930s unfolded.  This class examines how the U.S. economy changed under the Roosevelt administration, leading to the beginning of World War II.

Week 4

The People: Understanding the impact of the Great Depression requires understanding how it affected ordinary men, women, and children.  This class takes a personal approach to the 1930s by looking at how the 1930s affected millions of ordinary Americans.

Week 5

The Arts: As the world darkened during the Great Depression, Hollywood flourished with scores of movies—from crime dramas to musicals to romantic comedies and everything in between.  Under the aegis of the Works entertaining and enlightening side of the 1930s.

Week 6

The Aftermath:  The Great Depression finally came to end as World War II began.  This final class focuses on the transition from hard times to wartime, as well as the lingering impact of the 1930s on postwar America.


Instructor: Mr. Michael Scheibach

This course is available as part of the following:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
These courses and programs are available at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Membership is required. Our classes take place in Lau Founders Hall, 1550 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33146 unless otherwise noted below.

OLLI 2019-2020 Membership is required to take this course and will be added to your cart upon enrollment. If you already have purchased a membership, you will not be charged for this membership.
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Starts: 8/1/2019 Ends: 7/31/2020