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Postwar Prosperity Crumbles. Economic Troubles – Farmers. Most European farmland was destroyed during WWI After WWI, demand for certain crops fell causing prices to drop Farmers made little money, leading to problems paying off debt. Economic Troubles - Protectionism.

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economic troubles farmers
Economic Troubles – Farmers
  • Most European farmland was destroyed during WWI
  • After WWI, demand for certain crops fell causing prices to drop
  • Farmers made little money, leading to problems paying off debt
economic troubles protectionism
Economic Troubles - Protectionism
  • Occurred when nations protected industries by limiting trade w/ others (usually done w/ tariffs)
  • Europeans burrowed money to buy American goods
speculation and panic
Speculation and Panic
  • 1920s: Investors made large profits believing stock would keep rising
  • 10/29/1929: Black Tuesday
black tuesday
Black Tuesday
  • Stocks became worthless
  • Banks ran out of money
  • Many businesses filed bankruptcy
great depression
Great Depression
  • 1932: 30 million workers were unemployed
  • Prices dropped, but people could not afford to buy goods
the new deal
The New Deal
  • 1932: Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected U.S. president
  • The New Deal: designed to create jobs
    • Hired construction workers for buildings, roads, and other projects
social security act 1935
Social Security Act (1935)
  • Provided for unemployment and old age benefits
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