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1 Chapter 11 Section 1 The Causes of the Great Depression

2 Election of 1928 In the 1928 presidential election Calvin Coolidge decided not to run again for re-election, therefor the republicans nominated Herbert Hoover. The Democrats nominated Alfred E. Smith, the first Roman Catholic nominated for president.

3 Catholic Fears Many Protestants feared the Catholic Church would rule the White House if he was elected. Hoover and the Republicans also took credit for the prosperity of the 1920s. As a result, Hoover won.

4 Bull Market After the election, stock prices continued to increase.
The stock market was a system for buying and selling shares of companies. The late 1920s saw a bull market, or a long period of rising stock prices.

5 Stocks on Credit Many investors bought stocks on margin, meaning they made a small down payment (10% of what the stock cost of buy) on the stock and took out a loan from a stockbroker to pay for the rest. If stock began to fall in price, a broker could issue a margin call, a demand for the investor to repay the loan.

6 Stock Market of the 1920s Before the late 1920s, the prices that investors paid for stocks had to do with the company’s profits. This was no longer true by the late 1920s. By 1929, approximately 10 percent of Americans-households owned stocks.

7 Risky Business Many buyers hoped to make a quick profit and practiced speculation or making a guess that the company would make money. They were betting that the stock market would continue to climb.

8 End of the 1920s Stock Market
By mid-1929, the stock market was running out of new customers. Professional investors began selling off their holdings. Prices decreased. Other investors sold their shares to pay the interest on loans from brokers. Prices fell further.

9 Black Tuesday On October 29, 1929, which became known as Black Tuesday, stock prices took their steepest dive. The Stock Market Crash was not a major cause of the Great Depression, but it undermined the economy’s ability to overcome other weaknesses.

10 Banks and the Stock Market
Banks had invested their depositors’ money (people who leave their money in banks ) in the stock market, hoping for higher returns (more money) than they could get by using the money for loans. When stock prices fell, many banks lost money on their investments, and speculators could not repay their loans.

11 Lending Less The banks had to cut back on the number of loans they made. As a result, people could not borrow as much money as they once did. This helped send the economy into a recession.

12 Bank Closures Many banks were forced to close.
People who had deposits in these banks lost all their savings.

13 Bank Run A bank run takes place when many depositors decide to withdraw money at the same time. Out of fear, the banks close and causes many more banks to collapse.

14 Federal Reserve The Federal Reserve had kept interest rates low in the 1920s, encouraging banks to make risky loans. Low rates also misled many business leaders into thinking that the economy was still growing.

15 Overproduction Many economist agree than overproduction of goods was a key cause of the depression. Business borrowed more money to expand production. This led to overproduction when sales were actually decreasing. Most Americans did not have enough money to buy all the goods that were made. During the 1920s, many Americans who had bought high-cost items on the installment plan reached a point where paying off their debts forced them to reduce other purchases.

16 Result from Overproduction
When sales slowed, manufacturers cut production and laid off employees. This effect rippled through the economy. When someone is not working, they tend to stop spending money.

17 Protecting American Products
Americans were also not selling many goods to foreign countries. In 1930, Congress passed the Hawley-Smoot Tariff. It raised the tax on many imports. As a result of the Hawley-Smoot Tariff, foreign countries raised their tariffs rates and American sales in other countries declined.

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