Pandemics and Public Policy

To what extent does war exacerbate or reduce the impact of major historical events such as a global pandemic or economic de-pression?
doctor holding a COVID swab

In this lesson, students will explore two major themes of U.S. History: The impact of war and the mobilization for war on domestic public policy and the federal government’s increased role in response to major public crises like pandemics or the Great Depression. By the end, students will be able to use these historical lenses to evaluate past and current public policy responses to pandemics to evaluate their successes and failures. This lesson is aligned with the NCSS standards and would work for an AP US History class lesson on the New Deal.

Teaching Standard
NCSS Standards: Theme 6; AP Standards: Unit 7
Teaching Area
US History since 1877
Grade Level
Downloadable Files
Color-coded CER Exit Tickets (Essays).docx
Joey Landgraf- Pandemics and Public Policy Lesson Plan.docx
New Deal Legacy Stations and Capture Sheet.docx
Sources for New Deal Legacy Sheet.docx