What Caused The Great Depression Research Paper

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Beginning in 1929 a worldwide economic downturn the Great Depression began. It was the longest depression ever experienced lasting until about 1939. The Depression started in the United States, however because of the drastic declines in productivity, unemployment, and deflation the Great Depression was felt in almost every country around the world. Only the Civil War ranks ahead of the Great Depression as the gravest crisis in the history of the United States of America. There were a variety of causes that caused the Great Depression, but the main cause that started it was a decrease in spending. This led to production decrease because manufacturers and merchandisers did not want to have unused items just sitting on the shelves. In October of 1929 the stock market crashed. The United States stock prices had reached levels that could not be justified by sensible predictions of future earnings. The results of this were catastrophic. There began to be a gradual decline in prices and the stock market ruptured. On October 24, 1929, the infamous “Black Thursday” took place, where stock holders went on a panic selling spree. Things then went from bad to worse, stock prices went down 33 percent. People stopped purchasing goods and business investments decreased after the crash. In the fall of 1930, the first of four major waves …show more content…

In the early 1930s the labor force in countries that were industrialized saw as much as one forth of its workers unable to find work. Conditions were starting to improve by the mid 1930s, however total recovery did not happen until the end of that decade. This was a very difficult time in United States history and around the world, but it could be said that something good came out of it, central banks throughout the world now try to thwart or moderate recessions. It is unclear whether a change like this would have occurred if not for the

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