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About the Great Depression

About the Great Depression
About the Great Depression The Great Depression was an economic slump in North America, Europe, and other industrialized areas of the world that began in 1929 and lasted until about 1939. It was the longest and most severe depression ever experienced by the industrialized Western world. Though the U.S. economy had gone into depression six months earlier, the Great Depression may be said to have begun with a catastrophic collapse of stock-market prices on the New York Stock Exchange in October 1929. During the next three years stock prices in the United States continued to fall, until by late 1932 they had dropped to only about 20 percent of their value in 1929. The Great Depression began in the United States but quickly turned into a worldwide economic slump owing to the special and intimate relationships that had been forged between the United States and European economies after World War I. The Great Depression had important consequences in the political sphere. Source Related:  Context

Poetic Techniques revision Monroeville Alabama, To Catch a Mockingbird "Top secret," Mr. X whispered to me toward the end of my stay in Monroeville, Alabama. "Nelle is in town." By then, though, I was in on the secret. Three other people had also mentioned Nelle sightings that day. Monroeville, where Harper Lee grew up and where Truman Capote, her childhood friend, spent summers, is the self-proclaimed literary capital of Alabama. OK, Mr. "I don't mean to sound like the Chamber of Commerce, but we have a good strip of farmland, cattle, and timber." For sure, there's a lot of timber. But timber, cotton, and churches do not draw 30,000 visitors a year. High season for Monroeville is May, when the Monroe County Heritage Museums puts on a stage version of Mockingbird. The homegrown cast stars, among others, a forester, the owner of an air-conditioning company, a firefighter, several teachers, and a few lawyers thrown in for good measure. Charles McCorvey, a county commissioner, plays Tom Robinson, the falsely accused black man. The cast volunteers their time.

The Depression in the U.S.--An Overview The Depression in the United States--An Overview The Great Depression In October 1929 the stock market crashed, wiping out 40 percent of the paper values of common stock. Even after the stock market collapse, however, politicians and industry leaders continued to issue optimistic predictions for the nation's economy. But the Depression deepened, confidence evaporated and many lost their life savings. The core of the problem was the immense disparity between the country's productive capacity and the ability of people to consume. The presidential campaign of 1932 was chiefly a debate over the causes and possible remedies of the Great Depression. The election resulted in a smashing victory for Roosevelt, who won 22,800,000 votes to Hoover's 15,700,000. Roosevelt and the New Deal In 1933 the new president, Franklin Roosevelt, brought an air of confidence and optimism that quickly rallied the people to the banner of his program, known as the New Deal. Unemployment Agriculture Industry and Labor

Great Depression - A Short History of the Great Depression Historical Importance of the Great Depression: The Great Depression, an immense tragedy that placed millions of Americans out of work, was the beginning of government involvement in the economy and in society as a whole. Dates: 1929 -- early 1940s Overview of the Great Depression: The Stock Market Crash After nearly a decade of optimism and prosperity, the United States was thrown into despair on Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929, the day the stock market crashed and the official beginning of the Great Depression. And yet, the Stock Market Crash was just the beginning. Businesses and industry were also affected. The Dust Bowl In previous depressions, farmers were usually safe from the severe effects of a depression because they could at least feed themselves. Years and years of overgrazing combined with the effects of a drought caused the grass to disappear. Small farmers were hit especially hard. Riding the Rails Roosevelt and the New Deal The End of the Great Depression

Sample essays - Child's perspective, women etc.. Scottsboro Boys Trial: Profiles in Courage In an August 1960 book review, The Atlantic Monthly’s Phoebe Adams described To Kill A Mockingbird as “sugar-water served with humor ...” Sugar-water? Far from it. Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird highlights instances of heroism and courage in a small Alabama town riddled with the poverty and racial tensions characteristic of the south in 1935. The novel focuses on the Finch family over the course of two years—lawyer and father Atticus Finch; his ten-year-old son, Jem; and his six-year-old daughter, Jean Louise, aka Scout. By observing Atticus Finch’s responses to the threats and gibes of the anti-Tom Robinson faction and his sensitive treatment towards Tom Robinson and his family and friends, the reader—again through Scout’s eyes—discovers what it means to behave morally—to do the right thing—in the face of tremendous social pressure. In short, To Kill A Mockingbird reveals the heroic nature of acting with moral courage when adhering to social mores would be far less dangerous.

A Photo Essay on the Great Depression World War I veterans block the steps of the Capital during the Bonus March, July 5, 1932 (Underwood and Underwood). In the summer of 1932, in the midst of the Great Depression, World War I veterans seeking early payment of a bonus scheduled for 1945 assembled in Washington to pressure Congress and the White House. Hoover resisted the demand for an early bonus. Veterans benefits took up 25% of the 1932 federal budget. Even so, as the Bonus Expeditionary Force swelled to 60,000 men, the president secretly ordered that its members be given tents, cots, army rations and medical care. In July, the Senate rejected the bonus 62 to 18.

The Great Depression America`s future appeared to shine brightly for most Americans when Herbert Hoover was inaugurated president in 1929. His personal qualifications and penchant for efficient planning made Hoover appear to be the right man to head the executive branch. However, the seeds of a great depression had been planted in an era of prosperity that was unevenly distributed. The Hoover term was just months old when the nation sustained the most ruinous business collapse in its history. Previous to the 1929 collapse, business had begun to falter. Hoover`s administration made a bad mistake when Congress, caving in to special interests, passed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act in 1930. Meanwhile, the president and business leaders tried to convince the citizenry that recovery from the Great Depression was imminent, but the nation`s economic health steadily worsened. A thirst for change The electorate clamored for changes. Significant legislation: Progress was made on the labor front: War looms