Perhaps the worst economic downturn in the history of the United States occurred from 1930-1939. The Great Depression led to domestic and international crises effecting the poor and wealthy alike. Many financial experts today continue to debate the cause of The Depression, although most agree that several events led to the economic decline. The famous stock market crash on October 29, 1929 is just one of many causes economists believe led to The Great Depression. Known also as Black Tuesday, October 29th left stockholders shattered with recorded losses reaching $40 billion dollars (Kelly, n.d.).
The Great Depression changed and effected Americans and the economy. Millions of Americans lost their jobs and homes. The economy went though a lot of failure of meeting financial obligation in banking and in trading. Because of this Europe and many other nations were set back from many of our abilities to help with their broken economies as well.The unemployment in the Depression was very scary. The Depression started with the market crash of 1929.
The Great Depression was a severe period of poverty and tragedy. It effected many other countries not just America; especially in Europe, where many countries had not fully recovered from the aftermath of World War I. The cost of World War I weakened the ability of the world to respond to a major crisis. America alone had ten billon dollars of debt from the war. In Germany America’s economic failure contributed to the rise of Adolf Hiltler, so the Stock Market Crash had a domino effect on our country and others.
During the 1920’s, the Great Depression took effect into America’s economy. The Great Depression was the biggest crisis to hit the American economy at that time and today. The Great Depression took place from the years of 1929 up to 1933, but not completely recovered until about a decade. The Presidents at this time were Herbert Hoover (31st President), and Franklin Delano Roosevelt (32nd President). Even though these two Presidents were both in term during the Great Depression, the two Presidents seemed to have very different viewpoints on how to take control and terminate the Great Depression.
The stock market crash was involved in the causes of the Great Depression, because it was the trigger point of it all. “In the 1920s many people wanted to put their money into stocks, so prices got higher and higher” (Lunn, Moore 235) the stock markets were very high by 1929. Although there were some people who bought the stocks, “the stock market was fuelled by borrowed cash.” (Berton 29) in other words the stock market mainly made sales from people who could not afford the stock completely and when it crashed on October 29th, 1929 “the Montreal and Toronto stock exchanges also plunged downward; 16 companies alone lost $300 million of their value” (Bolotta, Hawkes 104) also causing investors who were buying on credit, to lose their homes, businesses, cars and many of their other belongings that they put on loan to buy their shares, leaving them homeless, jobless and if having a car for transportation was a necessity, then these investors and their families had nothing at all. Therefore the stock market crash was a very significant part for the cause of the Great
It did not only affect Americans, but also the whole world. The Great Depression was caused by the crash of the stock market or the lack of real investment opportunities in the 1920’s, product innovation that caused less labor, President Roosevelt believed that it was caused by the structural problems and doubted simulative spending will solve the problem, and some argued it was caused by the shift toward modern employment relation that was made by the Great War. A Depression in the economy can start by raising taxes and dismissing government’s employees and both of these actions can start a depression and both of these were done by the government in 1929. Once this is done, it will have a chain reaction where it will get to the point where the economy will fall and cause its people to live in poverty. The prices of the products will either increase or stay the same but the wages of the people will always decrease.
Great Depression The Great Depression was a global economic crisis that started in the early 1920s. This crisis leaded a depression around many nations and many young people. On October 29, 1929 there was a crash of the New York exchanges. The credit dropped rapidly after people kept on spending money, when they didn’t have any money. The stock market crashed rapidly, and took a big hit to the U.S. economy.
The Great Depression American History 06/07/2012 The great depression was a time of debt. The depression caused many families to have family problems that started with the loss of jobs and the lack of money. I choose this topic because it is a historical moment in history. The year was 1929. This is the start of the biggest national crisis since the civil war.
The Great Depression With the economical struggles that you deal with today, do you think that you could have lived through the Great Depression? The Great Depression had a negative affect the relationships of families because of the economical struggles that they had to deal with. The Great Depression affected many families’ marriages, farm life, and the next generation. During the Great Depression there were many difficult situations with food and farm life. One of the causes of the Great Depression was the crash of the stock market.
The Great Depression The Great Depression is an era in United States history known by many, but with recent comparisons of today’s economy to the economy during the 1930s it sparks a question. How similar is our economy today to that of the era of the Great Depression? With evidence like “Federal Writers’ Project Interviews with Depression Victims”, notes from Professor Newman, and a movie based in the 1930’s called Changeling, it seems a little overboard to compare our economy of theirs. The Great Depression was a time in United States history that many wish to forget, it was a moment of weakness and struggle. It can’t be compared to the events of today’s “bad” economy because it surpassed it.