Presentation on theme: "9.01: The Great Depression & It’s Causes (1929 – 1942) US Economy in a severe decline (contraction) Millions of people lose their jobs Banks go out of."— Presentation transcript:
9.01: The Great Depression & It’s Causes (1929 – 1942) US Economy in a severe decline (contraction) Millions of people lose their jobs Banks go out of business & people lose their life’s saving
Easy Credit Very easy to get credit & many people overspent (go into debt) during the 1920s When economy collapses, loans are not repaid!
Overproduction Farmers losing money because of crop overproduction = can’t pay back loans Businesses made more products than people can buy = losing money – Why aren’t we trading these goods to other countries? Fordney-McCumber Tariff raised tariffs & foreign countries didn’t want to trade with us
Buying on Margin Buying stock on credit (easy credit) in hopes of making fast money to pay off loan – When economy collapsed, these people couldn’t repay loans! Overspeculation: We believed the stock market & economy would continue to do well throughout the 1920s!
Unbalanced Foreign Trade High tariffs (Fordeny- McCumber Tariff & others) reduced trade between the US & other countries
Uneven Distribution of Wealth Most of the nation’s money was in the hands of a minority of the population (2%) – they weren’t spending it!