Famous First Bubbles: The Stock Market Crash of 1929
Prof. D. J. C. Smant of the Rotterdam School of Economics analyzes speculative bubbles, including the 1929 crash, with economic explanations and graphs.
Wall Street Crash Simulation Activity
Start with $1,000 and figure out if you need to buy or sell. This site, produced by an English schoolteacher, quickly demonstrates what happened in 1929, by making events affect your own (virtual) financial picture. (Note: you must pay to register.)
EconEdLink: New York Stock Exchange Made Easy
This site from the National Council on Economic Education provides teacher worksheets for tracking stocks and a multiple-choice quiz on the stock market with questions about terms and history.
NOVA: Trillion Dollar Bet
Learn about online trading and Wall Street terms, and play a “virtual market,” at this Web site from PBS’ acclaimed science series, NOVA.
Frontline: The Wall Street Fix
The PBS investigative program, Frontline, explores the challenges of restoring public trust in Wall Street today. The Web site provides interviews, analysis, and the opportunity to watch the entire program online.
American Experience: Gallery of American Nobelists in Economics
America has been a magnet for the world’s top economists. On this companion site to a PBS American Experience program about John Nash, meet 32 Nobel laureates who called the U.S. home, and learn about their pathbreaking work.
Dow Jones Index – Industrial Averages
This useful site presents a graph of the Dow Jones average from 1895 to the present and indicates world historical events.
NYSE Online Factbook
A comprehensive fact book from the New York Stock Exchange includes contemporary and historical market data, but may be a bit hard to understand if you aren’t fluent in Wall Street-speak.
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Thomas, Dana Lee. The Plungers and the Peacocks: 170 Years of Wall Street. New York: Texere, 2001.
Thomas, Gordon, and Max Morgan-Witts. The Day the Bubble Burst: A Social History of the Wall Street Crash of 1929. New York: Doubleday: 1979.
Weisberger, Bernard. The Dream Maker: William C. Durant, Founder of General Motors. Boston: Little, Brown, 1979.
Between 1854 and 1929 more than 100,000 abused or orphaned children were sent by train to the Midwest to begin new lives in foster families.
The American effort to relieve starvation in Soviet Russia in 1921 during the worst natural disaster in Europe in 500 years.
French settlers in Louisiana merged with African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans and others to create Cajun and Zydeco musical traditions.
In September 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev made an unprecedented visit to America, creating a media circus as he traveled from coast to coast.
The personal journey of three generations of a Japanese American family, including their stint in internment camps during World War II.
The thrilling true story of the American Olympic rowing team that triumphed against all odds in Nazi Germany in 1936.
The story of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century.
From a small-town Texas murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans.