By examining American art and artifacts from the museum’s collection, these teacher materials promote discussion of America’s national character and heritage. All five lessons, developed by teams of teachers, are accompanied by reinforcement materials specifically designed to foster critical thinking skills. These programs may be scheduled individually.
In America Enduring, the fourth lesson in this series, students will learn that profound political, social and economic changes marked the interwar period and impacted the following sectors of society: technology, popular culture, international relations and economics. Students will also learn about the salient events that took place during this time period, including: the rise of consumer economy, the increase in urbanization, the Stock Market Crash, The Great Depression, The New Deal, and the growth of regionalism in art which accompanied a retreat from foreign ideas.