In April 2002, Argentina's economic situation seemed to be getting worse and worse. Banks closed for nine days before reopening on April 29, 2002. How did Argentinians function during that time? Amy Radil of NPR reported on the flourishing barter economy that sprung up through necessity. Her report provides background information for the students in this lesson as they examine inflation, barter systems, and the use of currency.
Almost everybody has heard about the Y2K problem. It has raised fears about everything from the security of our water supply to the threat of missile attacks triggered by computer glitches. Some of these threats seem pretty far-fetched. But what about threats to the security of our money? Could the Y2K problem wreak havoc with our bank accounts and other financial holdings? What can be done to prevent trouble of this sort from occuring? And whose job is it to ensure that the necessary steps are taken? This lesson addresses these questions.
Students learn about the money supply and that it can affect the value of money. Students investigate this in the 1896 presidential election (Bryan vs. McKinley, Free Silver vs. Gold Standard) and examine a political cartoon that depicts how some people felt about this issue. Students answer questions about what they would do with more money and what might happen if the money supply increases.
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