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What is a depression?

Serious economic disasters marked by: 1) high unemployment 2) declining prices 3) lower production 4) lower sales 5) bank failures


What made the great depression a GREAT depression?

lasted longer, caused more failures and unemployment, and affected more people


What were the 6 causes of the Great Depression?

1) The Wall Street Crash 2) Stock Boom! 3) Wealth 4) Black Thursday 5) Black Tuesday 6) Bottom fell out!


Describe this cause of the Great Depression:Stock Boom!

Ever rising prices of stocks is the basis of the wealth of the 1920s; there was an 18 month stretch where everyday the stock prices went higher (March 1928 to September 1929); Dow Jones Industrial Average at all time high


Describe this cause of the Great Depression:Wealth

An average investor who bought $1000 worth of stock at Hoover's election would double his money in less than a year


Describe this cause of the Great Depression:Black Thursday

October 24, 1929Unprecedented volume of selling; stock prices plunge; groups of bankers bought millions of dollars of stock to stabilize economy


When was Black Tuesday?

October 29, 1929


Describe this cause of the Great Depression:Bottom fell out!

Selling frenzy had resumed on Monday (October 28, 1929); panicked investors ordered brokers to sell but there were no buyers; by 1932, stocks were worth 1/9 of previous value


What were the 7 causes of the Stock Market Crash?

1) Uneven distribution of wealth 2) Stock market speculation 3) Excessive use of credit 4) Overproduction of consumer goods 5) Weak farm economy 6) Gov't policies 7) Global economic policies


Describe this cause of the Stock Market Crash:Uneven distribution of wealth

Wages rose little in comparison to productivity and corporate profits; top 5% of richest Americans owned 33% of the income


Describe this cause of the Stock Market Crash:Stock market speculation

Get rich by "playing the market"; people are buying on margin; put down 1% and borrowed the rest; investors depended on the stock increasing so they could repay the loan


Describe this cause of the Stock Market Crash:Excessive use of credit

People believed economic prosperity was permanent; led to installment buying; stimulated consumer desire for new appliances and cars


Describe this cause of the Stock Market Crash:Overproduction of consumer goods

There was a volume of goods that workers with stagnant wages could not purchase


Describe this cause of the Stock Market Crash:Weak farm economy

Prosperity of the 1920s didn't reach farmers who suffered from overproduction; high debt and lower prices since the end of WWI; in 1930s, severe weather and long drought added to farmers difficulties


Describe this cause of the Stock Market Crash:Gov't policies

1920s: the gov't had complete faith in business and did little to regulate Congress; high tariffs were passed to protect US businesses, but this hurt farmers and international trade; years of neglect and bad practices were hard to correct


Describe this cause of the Stock Market Crash:Global economic policies

Nations are more interdependent due to banking and manufacturing; Europe never recovered from WWI but the US didn't recognize; US insisted Europe repay loans; war reparations burdened Germany


1933: Percent Unemployed, number of people unemployed

25%13 million (not including farmers)


What were the effects of the Depression?

1) US Gross National Product dropped from $104 billion to $56 billion in 4 years 2) Nation's income declined by 50% 3) 20% of banks closed, wiping out $10 million in savings


Political effects of the Depression

Republican domination ended; federal gov't power increased


Social effects of the Depression

Felt by all classes; poverty and homelessness increased; mortgage foreclosures and evictions become commonplace


Who was the 31st president?

Herbert Hoover


Describe Herbert Hoover

Republican: 1929-1933: 1st Quaker President; had read the entire Bible by age 10


Describe the 1928 election

Republican: Herbert Hoover- wins by landslideDemocrat: Alfred Smith (1st Catholic)


How does Hoover deal with the Depression Internationally?

Hawley-Smoot Tariff (1930) and Debt Moratorium


Describe the Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act (1930)

Protectionist tariff that caused global tariff war to begin


Describe Debt Moratorium

put a 1 year moratorium on WWI debt payments (put hold on payments)


How does Hoover deal with the DepressionDomestically?

Reconstruction Finance Board; Home Loan Boards; Revenue Act of 1932


Describe Reconstruction Finance Board

1932: $2 billion available in loans to ailing banks and corporations to build low cost housing, bridges, and other public works (wasn't enough money)


Describe Home Loan Board

Offered funds to savings and loans, mortgage companies, and other financial institution that lent money for home construction


Describe Revenue Act of 1932

Tried to increase gov't revenue by increasing taxes