Summary Of Robert J. Samuelson: Revisiting The Great Depression

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From 1929 to 1933, more than two-fifths of the nation’s 24,970 banks disappeared through failure or merger Robert J. Samuelson: Revisiting The Great Depression; page 15). Banking panics began as large numbers of investors lost confidence in their banks and demanded deposits in cash. As more banks went bankrupt, it only increased the panic and the demand for Americans to withdraw their money from the banks because they did not trust them. In addition to the banking crisis around the country, banks reduced lending and there was a fall in investment. People lost savings and this reduced consumer spending. After the
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