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The Great Depression

Contrary to popular belief, Hoover did actually believe in using the power of the federal government to help tackle the Great Depression. Despite his instinctive aversion to government involvement...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019 9:34 am UTC

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During the Great Depression, the Japanese economy was in dire straits, as exports had dropped by 50%. To help the economy, the Japanese Prime Minister, Tsuyoshi, turned to the production of weapons...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2017 12:35 pm UTC

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The New Deal that emerged during the Great Depression marked a profound shift in the role of the federal government in domestic policy. Up until that time, federal government spending was primarily...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019 1:22 pm UTC

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When the stock market crashed in late 1929, the initial belief among economists was that the economy would quickly bounce back from its drop. When that did not occur, Hoover supported the...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2020 5:22 pm UTC

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The 1920s were a time period where wealth gaps were accelerating, with more and more wealth becoming concentrated among a super-wealthy elite. However, if you look toward the experience of farmers...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2021 8:43 pm UTC

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The Dust Bowl was a major ecological disaster in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico. When a drought started in the early 1930's the land became incredibly dry and barren. This was the result...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2016 4:46 pm UTC

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Franklin Roosevelt's philosophy of government represented a sharp break with the past. While Hoover is often vilified for not doing enough to stave off the effects of the Great Depression, he was...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2021 11:12 am UTC

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Ever since the onset of the Great Depression banks had been failing at an alarming rate. Among other things, this meant that there was less capital available for businesses to grow or invest with....

Latest answer posted April 23, 2020 8:42 am UTC

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This cartoon is drawn by someone with a very conservative point of view. It is claiming that the New Deal is a communist plot to destroy the United States and make it into a communist country....

Latest answer posted May 31, 2012 6:04 pm UTC

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The Wall Street crash had a huge psychological effect on the American population. It destroyed the euphoria that had prevailed during the 1920s. People were afraid to spend money. They were afraid...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2012 12:06 pm UTC

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In fact, Herbert Hoover did believe that the government should act to improve the economy. The old story of his belief in "rugged individualism" has been widely misinterpreted. Hoover was opposed...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2012 5:36 am UTC

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The role of the federal government has changed significantly since the Great Depression began. Prior to the Great Depression, the prevailing attitude was one of laissez-faire. The belief was that...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2017 10:55 pm UTC

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President Hoover, like many Americans, was a firm believer in what he called "rugged individualism." This simply meant that people should stand on their own two feet instead of expecting others to...

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There were many problems during the Great Depression. One problem dealt with unemployment. We had the highest unemployment rate we ever had at 25% of the population unemployed. We also had...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016 7:54 pm UTC

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The Great Depression had a significant impact on the people who grew up during that time. The lack of money during their formative years impacted their approach to money and food throughout their...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2011 3:46 pm UTC

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The 1930s was the era of the Great Depression characterized by economic ruin, collapse of banking and financial institutions--which, incidentally lead to expanded government power in the regulatory...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2014 5:50 am UTC

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The Great Depression affected ordinary people in America in many different ways. The most profound affect was widespread unemployment, which hit nearly 25% in the U.S. This resulted in the...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2012 11:30 pm UTC

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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt unveiled his "New Deal" after his first election. It included a sweeping number of programs designed to put people back to work and relieve the effects of the...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2018 5:05 pm UTC

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President Hoover believed in a laissez-faire philosophy when it came to dealing with the economy. Thus, when the Great Depression began, President Hoover believed things would work themselves out....

Latest answer posted February 21, 2016 5:04 pm UTC

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Republicans believed the markets should be left to solve economic crises with as little government intervention as possible. They believed in small government and believed the federal government...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2018 12:48 pm UTC

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Gambling in the sense of going to a casino had nothing to do with the Great Depression. However, one of the causes of the Depression was what you might call gambling with regard to the stock...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2012 10:35 pm UTC

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During the Great Depression, in the Southern states and elsewhere in the United States, millions of American people lost their jobs and struggled to make ends meet while unemployed. One group of...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2019 2:36 pm UTC

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It is extremely difficult to know what to put in your concluding paragraph without knowing what your thesis statement for your essay as a whole was and without knowing what sorts of arguments you...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2013 3:04 am UTC

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In my opinion, the greatest effect of the Great Depression on the United States was the change in attitude it brought regarding the role of the federal government. For much of our history, and...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2016 5:02 pm UTC

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Actually, the only margin required at the time of the crash was five per cent. Industry in general had entered a period of extended expansion and the common belief was that the stock market would...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2012 12:43 am UTC

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Just as with any crisis, there was a combination of taking care of your own and reaching out because we're all all in the same boat. Sometimes people who have little will help others who have...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2011 8:13 am UTC

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Entertainment industries, particularly movies and radio, flourished during the Depression because they were an affordable form of escape from a bleak reality. Movies generally cost about a dime (a...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2019 11:47 am UTC

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There is some dispute about what caused the Depression, but most history books look at the following factors: The stock market crash. This was the start of the Depression, but it was not really a...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2012 8:56 pm UTC

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The onset of the Great Depression was not Hoover's fault. Farm prices had languished throughout the 1920s due to a sharp decrease in demand brought by the sudden end of WWI. People had been buying...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2018 8:34 pm UTC

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I will echo #9: the major result of the Great Depression was the creation of the American Entitlement Society. We have lost our innovation, our personal responsibility, and our drive for success,...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2012 3:38 am UTC

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In hindsight, there are many things the government could have done to limit the effects of the Depression, if not avoid it altogether. The government could have encouraged more trade with Europe...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2019 11:51 pm UTC

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Hoover and Roosevelt disagreed fundamentally on how to tackle the Great Depression. Hoover was very much wedded to the prevailing economic orthodoxy, which held that periodic slumps were inevitable...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2018 10:53 am UTC

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The Great Depression, which was a widespread economic collapse brought on by the 1929 stock market crash, had a scarring emotional impact on many Americans. After a decade of wild boosterism...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2019 9:17 pm UTC

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Roosevelt's fireside chats were intended to restore the confidence of average Americans. Roosevelt portrayed himself as having a pleasant conversation with them, not lecturing them (the mistake...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2012 11:12 pm UTC

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The previous post addresses the topic quite well. I would like to delve into the notion of isolationism brought on by the Great Depression. In the 1930s, the economic challenges which were...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2009 9:54 am UTC

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By the turn of the twentieth century, the United States had the world's largest economy, even though it had not yet taken on the role of the world's super power. For the first time, too,...

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Both the United States and Canada tightened immigration policies during the Great Depression. Prior to the market collapse of 1929, Canada accepted 169,000 immigrants, but the figure fell below...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 4:12 am UTC

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Fear played a major role in the Great Depression. First, the stock market crash was caused in part by fear. When the market started to go down, many investors got scared. As they got scared,...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2012 1:04 am UTC

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The reason for this was that the Hoover administration did not believe in government action that was meant to help people. It eventually did try some of this, but it was not willing to be very...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2012 4:32 am UTC

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First of all, it is important to note that this song is not actually from the Great Depression. It was written in 1921. The song is even featured in The Great Gatsby. So, this is not a...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2012 9:33 pm UTC

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The immediate cause of the Great Depression was the stock market collapse of 1929. That event marked the beginning of a long, profound, and painful economic decline. However, there were underlying...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2020 1:42 am UTC

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One of the main factors in the Great Depression was the almost complete collapse in the US banking system. The stability of a capitalist economy, such as America's, relies on a strong banking...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2019 9:11 am UTC

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If we are talking about the national government of the United States, the main way in which it supported unions during the Great Depression was through the passage of the National Labor Relations...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2013 3:53 pm UTC

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On May 7, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his fireside chat: a follow up to the one he gave eight weeks earlier, in which he had outlined the banking crisis facing the United States. On...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2017 10:55 am UTC

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As was the case with most groups in the US, the lives of the elderly got worse in the Great Depression. The rates of poverty for the elderly went up dramatically during that time. However, things...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2012 9:27 am UTC

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The “Roaring Twenties” were a period of wealth and excesses when American industries and companies were thriving. There was a surge in rural to urban migration with many people leaving their farms...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2015 6:11 pm UTC

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There were a series of factors that led to the crash of the stock market in 1929. The effect of the crash was significant. During the 1920s, people were buying a lot of stocks. The stock market was...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2015 1:17 am UTC

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President Herbert Hoover, who presided over the United States during the leanest years of the Great Depression, was kind of a scapegoat for the whole decade. Tens of thousands of homeless...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2016 6:46 pm UTC

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The Wall Street crash in October of 1929 was more of a symptom of weaknesses in the economy than a cause of the Great Depression. The causes of the Great Depression were more long-term in nature....

Latest answer posted June 26, 2018 12:38 pm UTC

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The Great Depression was a global economic downturn that occurred in the 1930’s. This transnational panic had many causes depending on where in the world you are talking about, but there were some...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2012 11:36 pm UTC

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