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1 The Stock Market Crash How did speculation, buying on credit, the unstable economy, and government policies lead to the Great Depression? Chapter 15, Section 1

2 The Market Crashes The market crash in October of 1929 happened very quickly. In September, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, an average of stock prices of major industries, had reached an all time high of 381. On October 23 and 24, the Dow Jones Average quickly plummeted, which caused a panic. On Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929, most people sold their stocks at a tremendous loss. This collapse of the stock market is called the Great Crash. Overall losses totaled $30 billion. The Great Crash was part of the nation’s business cycle, a span in which the economy grows, and then contracts. Chapter 15, Section 1

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4 Write 3 new things you learned about the Crash

5 Great Crash Investors Businesses and Workers Investors lose millions. Businesses lose profits. Consumer spending drops. Workers are laid off. Businesses cut investment and production. Some fail. Banks Businesses and workers cannot repay bank loans. Savings accounts are wiped out. Bank runs occur. Banks run out of money and fail. World Payments Overall U.S. production plummets. U.S. investors have little or no money to invest. U.S. investments in Germany decline. German war payments to Allies fall off. Europeans cannot afford American goods. Allies cannot pay debts to United States. Great Crash Investors Investors lose millions. Businesses lose profits. Great Crash Investors Businesses and Workers Investors lose millions. Businesses lose profits. Consumer spending drops. Workers are laid off. Businesses cut investment and production Some fail. Banks Businesses and workers cannot repay bank loans. Savings accounts are wiped out. Bank runs occur. Banks run out of money and fail. World Payments Overall U.S. production plummets. U.S. investors have little or no money to invest. U.S. investments in Germany decline. German war payments to Allies fall off. Europeans cannot afford American goods. Allies cannot pay debts to United States. Great Crash Investors Businesses and Workers Investors lose millions. Businesses lose profits. Consumer spending drops. Workers are laid off. Businesses cut investment and production Some fail. Banks Businesses and workers cannot repay bank loans. Savings accounts are wiped out. Bank runs occur. Banks run out of money and fail. World Payments Overall U.S. production plummets. U.S. investors have little or no money to invest. U.S. investments in Germany decline. German war payments to Allies fall off. Europeans cannot afford American goods. Allies cannot pay debts to United States. Great Crash Investors Businesses and Workers Investors lose millions. Businesses lose profits. Consumer spending drops. Workers are laid off. Businesses cut investment and production Some fail. Banks Businesses and workers cannot repay bank loans. Savings accounts are wiped out. Bank runs occur. Banks run out of money and fail. World Payments Overall U.S. production plummets. U.S. investors have little or no money to invest. U.S. investments in Germany decline. German war payments to Allies fall off. Europeans cannot afford American goods. Allies cannot pay debts to United States. Effects of the Great Crash, 1929 Chapter 15, Section 1

6 The Great Depression The economic contraction that began with the Great Crash triggered the most severe economic downturn in the nation’s history—the Great Depression. The Great Depression lasted from 1929 until the United States entered World War II in The stock market crash of 1929 did not cause the Great Depression. Rather, both the Great Crash and the Depression were the result of deep underlying problems with the country’s economy. Chapter 15, Section 1

7 Business Cycle

8 Locate where the Great Depression would be on the business cycle?

9 The prosperous economy of the 1920s lacked a firm base. The nation’s wealth was unevenly distributed. Those who had the most tended to save or invest rather than buy goods. Industry produced more goods than most consumers wanted or could afford. An Unstable Economy Speculators bought stocks with borrowed money and then pledged those stocks as collateral to buy more stocks. The stock market boom was based on borrowed money. Overspeculation During the 1920s, the Federal Reserve System cut interest rates to assist economic growth. In 1929, it limited the money supply to discourage lending. As a result, there was too little money in circulation to help the economy after the Great Crash. Government Policies Underlying Causes of the Depression Chapter 15, Section 1

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11 The Stock Market Crash—Assessment ________ was part of the nation’s business cycle. (A)The Great Crash (B)Overspeculation (C)Black Tuesday (D)An uneven distribution of wealth How did the Federal Reserve try to assist economic growth? (A)Raising interest rates (B)Limiting the money supply (C)Lowering interest rates (D)Helping investors accumulate more collateral Chapter 15, Section 1

12 The Stock Market Crash—Assessment ________ was part of the nation’s business cycle. (A)The Great Crash (B)Overspeculation (C)Black Tuesday (D)An uneven distribution of wealth How did the Federal Reserve try to assist economic growth? (A)Raising interest rates (B)Limiting the money supply (C)Lowering interest rates (D)Helping investors accumulate more collateral Chapter 15, Section 1

13 Social Effects of the Depression What were the affects of the problems caused by the Great Depression? Chapter 15, Section 2

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17 Poverty Spreads People of all levels of society faced hardships during the Great Depression. Unemployed laborers, unable to pay their rent, became homeless. Sometimes the homeless built shacks of tar paper or scrap material. These shanty town settlements came to be called Hoovervilles. Farm families suffered from low crop prices. As a result of a severe drought and farming practices that removed protective prairie grasses, dust storms ravaged the central and southern Great Plains region. This area, stripped of its natural soil, was reduced to dust and became known as the Dust Bowl. The combination of the terrible weather and low prices caused about 60 percent of Dust Bowl families to lose their farms. Chapter 15, Section 2

18 Dust Bowl Link Go to the following link and brows the pictures and skim the information about the Dust Bowl Go to the following link and brows the pictures and skim the information about the Dust Bowl ion/dustbowl.htm ion/dustbowl.htm

19 Poverty Strains Society Some people starved and thousands went hungry. Children suffered long-term effects from poor diet and inadequate medical care. Impact on Health Living conditions declined as families crowded into small houses or apartments. Men felt like failures because they couldn’t provide for their families. Working women were accused of taking jobs away from men. Stresses on FamiliesCompetition for jobs produced a rise in hostilities against African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans. Lynchings increased. Aid programs discriminated against African Americans. Discrimination Increases Chapter 15, Section 2

20 African Americans Meanwhile, as people fled the economic devastation of the South, jobs rapidly disappeared in the northern and Midwestern cities. African American families were hit the hardest. While white unemployment had hit an extraordinarily high rate of 31.7 percent in 1931, it was well over 50 percent for Black Americans. As the economy spiraled downward, the jobs that black Americans had come North to obtain were given to white workers or eliminated entirely. Furthermore, discrimination in wages meant that black workers suffered significantly in their attempts to provide for their families. Even when families were able to hold onto employment, the low level of income meant poverty for many.

21 Social Effects of the Depression—Assessment What factors contributed to disaster for farming families living in the Dust Bowl? (A) Drought (B) Farmers plowing under prairie grasses (C) Decreased prices for agricultural goods (D) All of the above The shanty towns made up of temporary shacks were called: (A) Roosevilles (B) Hoovervilles (C) Greenspans (D) Simpson towns Chapter 15, Section 2

22 Social Effects of the Depression—Assessment What factors contributed to disaster for farming families living in the Dust Bowl? (A) Drought (B) Farmers plowing under prairie grasses (C) Decreased prices for agricultural goods (D) All of the above The shanty towns made up of temporary shacks were called: (A) Roosevilles (B) Hoovervilles (C) Greenspans (D) Simpson towns Chapter 15, Section 2

23 Surviving the Great Depression In what ways did Americans pull together to survive the Great Depression? What signs of change did Americans begin to notice in the early 1930s? Chapter 15, Section 3

24 Americans Pull Together Throughout the country, people pulled together to help one another. Neighbors in difficult circumstances helped those they saw as worse off than themselves. When banks foreclosed on a farm, neighboring farmers would bid pennies on land and machines, which they would then return to the original owners. These sales became known as penny auctions. Some Americans called for radical political and economic change. They believed that a fairer distribution of wealth would help to end the hard times. Jokes and humor helped many people to fight everyday despair. Chapter 15, Section 3

25 In February 1933, Congress passed the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the eighteenth amendment prohibiting the sale of alcohol. Prohibition Is Repealed 2,500 to 4,000 people worked on the construction. The cost of construction was about $41 million. At that time, it was the world’s tallest building and had 102 stories and 67 elevators. The Empire State Building Many things that symbolized the 1920s faded away. -Organized crime gangster Al Capone was sent to prison. -Calvin Coolidge died. -Babe Ruth retired. The End of an Era Signs of Change Chapter 15, Section 3

26 The building's opening coincided with the Great Depression in the United States, and as a result much of its office space went without being rented. The building's vacancy was exacerbated by its poor location on 34th Street, which placed it relatively far from public transportation, as Grand Central Terminal, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and Penn Station are all several blocks away. Other more successful skyscrapers, such as the Chrysler Building, do not have this problem. In its first year of operation, the observation deck took in approximately 2 million dollars, as much money as its owners made in rent that year. The lack of renters led New Yorkers to deride the building as the "Empty State Building". The building would not become profitable until The famous 1951 sale of The Empire State Building to Roger L. Stevens and his business partners was brokered by the prominent upper Manhattan real-estate firm Charles F. Noyes & Company for a record $51 million. At the time, that was the highest price ever paid for a single structure in real-estate history.

27 Surviving the Great Depression— Assessment What was a penny auction? (A)An event at which stocks once highly valued were auctioned off for a penny. (B)An event at which laborers eager for work auctioned off their labor for pennies. (C)An event at which neighbors, in an effort to help each other, auctioned their spare rooms for a penny. (D)An event at which neighboring farmers bid pennies on land and machines, which the buyers then returned to the original owners. Which of the following did not symbolize an end to the prosperity of the 1920s? (A)Al Capone went to jail. (B)Babe Ruth retired. (C)Riots and political upheaval erupted in the nation’s cities. (D)Calvin Coolidge died. Chapter 15, Section 3

28 Surviving the Great Depression— Assessment What was a penny auction? (A)An event at which stocks once highly valued were auctioned off for a penny. (B)An event at which laborers eager for work auctioned off their labor for pennies. (C)An event at which neighbors, in an effort to help each other, auctioned their spare rooms for a penny. (D)An event at which neighboring farmers bid pennies on land and machines, which the buyers then returned to the original owners. Which of the following did not symbolize an end to the prosperity of the 1920s? (A)Al Capone went to jail. (B)Babe Ruth retired. (C)Riots and political upheaval erupted in the nation’s cities. (D)Calvin Coolidge died. Chapter 15, Section 3

29 The Election of 1932 How did President Hoover respond to the Great Depression? What did Roosevelt mean when he offered Americans a “New Deal”? Why was the election of 1932 a significant turning point for American politics? Chapter 15, Section 4

30 Hoover’s Limited Strategy Hoover convinced business leaders to help maintain public confidence in the economy. To protect domestic industries, Congress passed the Hawley-Smoot tariff, the highest import tax in history. European countries also raised their tariffs, and international trade suffered a slowdown. Hoover set up the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC), which gave government credit to banks, industries, railroads, and insurance companies. The theory was that prosperity at the top would help the economy as a whole. Many Americans saw it as helping bankers and big businessmen, while ordinary people went hungry. Hoover did not support federal public assistance because he believed it would destroy people’s self-respect and create a large bureaucracy. Finally, public opinion soured for Hoover when he called the United States Army to disband a protest of 20,000 unemployed World War I veterans called the Bonus Army. Chapter 15, Section 4

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33 A “New Deal” for America FDR promised a New Deal for the American people. He was ready to experiment with government roles in an effort to end the Depression. As governor of New York, Roosevelt had set up an unemployment commission and a relief agency. FDR’s wife, Eleanor, was an experienced social reformer. She worked for public housing legislation, state government reform, birth control, and better conditions for working women. When the Roosevelts campaigned for the presidency, they brought their ideas for political action with them. Chapter 15, Section 4

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36 The Election of 1932 Herbert Hoover Believed that federal government should not try to fix people’s problems. Argued that federal aid and government policies to help the poor would alter the foundation of our national life. He argued for voluntary aid to help the poor and argued against giving the national government more power. Hoover gave very few campaign speeches and was jeered by crowds. Franklin Roosevelt Believed that government had a responsibility to help people in need. Called for a reappraisal of values and more controls on big business. Helped many Americans reassess the importance of “making it on their own” without any help. Much of his support came from urban workers, coal miners, and immigrants in need of federal relief. Roosevelt won 57 percent of the popular vote and almost 89 percent of the electoral vote. Chapter 15, Section 4

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38 The Election of 1932—Assessment What was one way President Hoover wanted to battle the Depression? (A)Federal relief programs (B)U.S. expansion into foreign markets (C)Stock market investment (D)Voluntary aid Roosevelt won public support from which groups? (A)Urban workers and coal miners (B)Big business executives (C)Supporters of international trade (D)Journalists and newspaper publishers Chapter 15, Section 4

39 The Election of 1932—Assessment What was one way President Hoover wanted to battle the Depression? (A)Federal relief programs (B)U.S. expansion into foreign markets (C)Stock market investment (D)Voluntary aid Roosevelt won public support from which groups? (A)Urban workers and coal miners (B)Big business executives (C)Supporters of international trade (D)Journalists and newspaper publishers Chapter 15, Section 4

40 QUIZ As early as 1926, economic trouble started surfacing in businesses and farms? The collapse of the Stock Market was the only cause of the Great Depression. By 1933, half of America’s banks had failed and one quarter of Americans were jobless. Communities of cardboard shacks were called “Hoovervilles” after president Herbert Hoover.

41 QUIZ President Hoover’s advisors believed the economy would recover on it’s own. President Roosevelt’s first 100 days in office were spent making proposals to provide relief, recovery, and reform to Americans. President Roosevelt's “fireside chats” helped to build courage during the great Depression.

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