The Story of America – The Great Depression

The Great Depression began with The Wall Street Crash in 1929.

Have you ever bought stocks?

stocks
securities
shares

This video has images of that period and traditional music.



Can you make out the words of the song?

Rang dang dilly dang kow hee (a nonsense phrase)

Play on Little Tom Play on He!

Went to the house to get ..

He winked at me and I winked at him

Play on Tom …

I went to the house to get my gun

I first …

Olay on ..

Shot that hawk and I missed my mark

I shot my black …

clean to the heart

Rang Dang Dilly Dang Kow Hee

it’s under the house

play on

call little Bill
saddle

hangin’ on my…

This number is Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek …

goin’ down to Cripple Creek

goin’ on a run

goin’ down to Cripple Creek

to have some fun

goin’ down to Cripple Creek to see my girl

roll my britches to my knees

Britches – Trousers – Long Pants

Who wears the trousers in your family?
Do you wear shorts in Summer?

shorts – short pants
trousers – long pants
undies – underpants

This video tells the story of the great depression in images and with text. You can pause the video to write vocabulary items in your personal notebook.

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to devastate – to destroy
devastation – destruction

I want to talk for a few minutes with the people of the United States about …

… what the next step is going to be …

Link to video of Witnesses to the Great Depression

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World English Course

There are lots of things you can learn in the World English Course. There is a place where you can talk about work and there is also a place where you can find a job and a place where you can find staff. There is a place where you can have fun and there is a place where you can talk about food or family. There is also a place where you can talk about money or love or philosophy. You can study anything you want anytime you want. You can do it once a week or every day or any time you like. Have fun! Work hard! Tell your friends and family members! Enjoy!