Educators' Guide


For Teachers
Information and resouces for using Oral Histories in the classroom

Historical Overview
An overview of major events during the Great Depression and the New Deal

Timeline
Review the timeline of events during The Great Depression and the New Deal

Classroom Activity 1
In this activity, students will read background information on tobacco bag stringing, and will be asked to analyze reports, worker profiles, and letters from the Tobacco Bag Stringing collection. They will respond by composing their own letter to President Roosevelt, supporting or opposing an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards act.

Classroom Activity 2
In this activity, students will read background information on tobacco bag stringing, and will be asked to analyze worker profiles of tobacco bag stringers. They will also analyze food prices taken from a 1939 Reidsville, North Carolina, newspaper, and will create a grocery list for two of the workers and their families, based on income and expenses.

Lesson Plan: The Depression, the New Deal, and Rural North Carolinians
In this lesson, students will analyze photographs of the tobacco bag stringers, making observations about the content of the images, their reactions to them, and what they tell us about the Great Depression and the New Deal.

MLA Citation Information
This page includes general MLA citation information for this site, as well as for digitized images and documents from the the UNC-Chapel Hill North Carolina Collection's Tobacco Bag Stringing Collection.