Could the United States government have prevented the Great Depression?    

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Hindsight is always twenty-twenty. It is easy for historians to criticize decisions made by the government after the fact, but not nearly as easy to predict how government policy will affect the economy in the present. The Monday morning quarterbacks of the history books will suggest that the government could...

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Hindsight is always twenty-twenty. It is easy for historians to criticize decisions made by the government after the fact, but not nearly as easy to predict how government policy will affect the economy in the present. The Monday morning quarterbacks of the history books will suggest that the government could have limited speculative trading, or that adjusting the interest rate would have fixed underlying economic problems of the 1920's. The fact of the matter is that the government did not deliberately drive the economy into the ground. The leaders of the day simply felt that government oversight of the economy would be harmful to growth. It should be remembered that on the surface, the economy appeared to be performing exceptionally well. In short, the government can not fix a problem if the problem does not reveal itself.

A major reason that the American economy collapsed in the late 1920's is because of the worldwide economic depression that had its roots in the destruction of World War I. Obviously, there was nothing that the government of the United States could have done to change that.

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