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THE GREAT DEPRESSION. A24 7.3.12. THE GREAT CRASH. GUIDING QUESTION. What caused the Great Depression? the federal government during the 1920s?. STOCK MARKET CRASH. Stock Market Prices, 1921–1932. May 1928-September 1929, prices doubled in value beginning in Sept 1929, gradual slide

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guiding question

What caused the Great Depression?

the federal government during the 1920s?

stock market crash

Stock Market Prices, 1921–1932

  • May 1928-September 1929, prices doubled in value
  • beginning in Sept 1929, gradual slide
  • Black Thursday(Oct.24)
    • largest sell-off in NYSE history
  • Black Tuesday(Oct.29)
    • $40 billion in stock value lost by Dec.
  • The Great Depression
  • Response of bankers, Hoover and business leaders

Black Tuesday Wall Street, Oct. 29, 1929

underlying causes of the depression
Overproduction - Massive business inventories (up 300% from 1928 to 1929)

Lack of diversification in American economy

prosperity of 1920s largely a result of construction & auto industries

Uneven distribution of income and wealth - Poor distribution of purchasing power among consumers

Farm income down 66% in 20s

By 1929 the top 10% of the nation's population received 40% of the nation's disposable income

underlying causes of the depression1
Weakness of Banking Industry

bank failures in late 1920s (farmers)

many had small reserves

low margins encouraged speculative investment by banks, corporations, and individual investors

total money supply

closing of over 9,000 American banks between 1930 and 1933

Federal Reserve system

Consumer Debt– middle class installment loans; buying on margin

Overspeculation in Stock Market– by wealthy and upper middle class


Consumer Debt, 1920–1931

underlying causes of the depression2
  • Decline in demand for American goods in international trade
    • European industry and agriculture gradually recovered from World War I
    • Germany so beset by financial crises/ inflation that could not afford to purchase US goods
    • High American protective tariffs
  • international debt structure
guiding question1

How did the Great Depression alter the American social fabric in the 1930s?

“Give a man a dole and you save his body and destroy his spirit. Give him a job and pay him an assured wage and you save both the body and the spirit.”
effects on business industry
Corporate profits - from $10 billion to $1 billon

Business failures: 100,000 between 1929 and 1933

GNP – $104 billion in 1929 to $56 billion in 1933

Total national income – fell by over 50%

Effects on Business & Industry
effects on business industry1
Effects on Business & Industry
  • Bank failures
    • about 20% all banks (over 6000) between 1929 and 1933)
    • over 9 million savings accounts lost($2.5 billion)

Depositors gathering outside a bank,April 1933

Bank Failures, 1929-1933


effects of the crash
Great Crash

World Payments


Businesses and Workers

Overall U.S. production plummets.

Investors lose millions.


Businesses and workers cannot repay bank loans.

Consumer spending drops.

U.S. investors have little or no money to invest.

Allies cannot pay debts to United States.

Businesses lose profits.

Businesses cut investment and production Some fail.

Savings accounts are wiped out.

Banks run out of money and fail.

Workers are laid off.

Europeans cannot afford American goods.

U.S. investments in Germany decline.

Bank runs occur.

German war payments to Allies fall off.

Effects of the Crash
effect on workers and families
Effect on workers and families
  • Unemployment ~25% in 1932?
    • underemployment
    • patterns of reemployment and layoffs
  • hobos
  • “Depression mentality”

Men Lined Up at the New York City Employment Bureau, 1932

effect on workers and families1
Effect on workers and families
  • Malnutrition
    • Disease: tuberculosis, typhoid and dysentery.
  • soup kitchens and bread lines

Soup kitchen, Chicago, 1930

Soup kitchen, 1931 (Cleveland)

effects on farmers
Effects on Farmers
  • Drought hits Great Plains
  • “Dust Bowl”
  • “Okies”
  • Farmers destroy crops and move West

Resettlement Adminstration

Dust Bowl

Dust storm, Springfield, CO, 1935

the dust bowl
The Dust Bowl

Aftermath of dust storms, South Dakota, 1936

Abandoned house, Kansas, April 1941

Dust Bowl Farm, Texas, 1938


A Destitute Family in the Ozark Mountains. 1935

“Okies” migrate west in 1939

Dorthea Lange, “Covered Wagon Again” 1935

migrants in california
Migrants in California

"Cheap Auto Camp Housing for Citrus Workers“; Dorothea Lange, Tulare County, California, Feb. 1940

Migrant Auto Camp, California, 1936

effects on american culture
Effects on American Culture
  • Reactions of most Americans
    • Effects on basic values (capitalism, democracy, individualism)
    • Alternatives: socialism, communism?
    • Whom to blame?
  • Popular Culture and Escapism
    • Frank Capra
    • Walt Disney
    • Gone With the Wind
federal response under hoover
Federal Response Under Hoover
  • Herbert Hoover(1929-1933)
    • Philosophy: limited government, individualism
    • Initial response?
  • public works programs
  • Hawley-Smoot Tariff (1930)

"Boulder Dam, 1942“, Ansel Adams

evaluation of hoover s response
Evaluation of Hoover’s Response
  • Contemporary popular opinion
  • “Hoovervilles”
evaluation of hoover s response1
Evaluation of Hoover’s Response
  • Modern Evaluations:
    • reluctance to spend large amounts of federal funds, expand the role of the federal government.
  • willing to intervene in the economy to an unprecedented degree.
1932 election


Misery Sweeps Roosevelt into Office

1932 election1
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • philosophy
  • “New Deal”

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1920 Vice Presidential nominee for Democratic Party

Roosevelt Campaigning for Office in Kansas 1932

1932 election2
  • Hoover
    • “The Worst is Past"
    • "Prosperity is Just Around the Corner"
  • Results

Electoral Shift, 1928 and 1932

new deal
  • Relief, Recovery, Reform
  • Willing to experiment with government power = has more
  • First 100 Days:
  • Provides relief for people who can’t take care of selves: Fireside Chats “The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself”
  • Creates jobs with Public works programs: Alphabet Soup
  • Closes Banks and insures the $ in them. (FDIC)
  • Increases people’s hope
  • Gave the gov’t too much power – Socialism?
  • Supreme Court declares acts unconstitutional
  • Women and African Americans receive less aid
  • Does too much/ not enough
  • Brings about Second NEW DEAL:
    • Social Benefits, union support, higher taxes for rich
  • Doesn’t end the Depression