The Great Depression in the United States

The great stock market crash of October 1929 is considered the beginning of the Great Depression: a protracted global economic crisis that was overcome only after the Second World War. The U.S. economy arguably suffered most from this crisis, as pictured below.

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“We want to be citizens not transients.”

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According to this headline, the market collapse
led to the loss of billions of dollars.”

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This impactful headline marks “Black Tuesday,” often cited as the beginning of the Great Depression.

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This stockbroker, who lost everything because of the collapse of the stock exchange, jumped to his death.

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Panic in the operating room of the U.S. Stock Exchange.

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The queue at the American Union Bank during the Great Depression.

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Unemployment became rampant.

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This company posted a deterrent to job seekers: “Jobless men keep going: We can’t take care of our own.”

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“WANTED URGENTLY, a strong rope to hang myself, alternatively, unfurnished accommodation for my wife, unborn child and myself”

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A queue of unemployed people applying for a single vacancy.

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“I know 3 trades, I speak 3 languages, fought for 3 years, have 3 children, and no work for 3 months. But I only want one job.”

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Unemployed citizens in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. (1932)

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Unemployed citizens in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. (1932)