Effects Of The Great Depression On America 's Economy

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The Great Depression was one of the most disastrous events that negatively impacted America’s economy, and was triggered by the crash of the stock market. One long term cause of the Great Depression would be the Dust Bowl. The Dust Bowl caused the prices of many foods to decrease in price rapidly, and farmers had to give up their jobs due to the dust storm. This was one of the causes of the Great Depression because it made farmers unemployed and deprived of money. Another cause would be the banks because no one trusted the banks and did not lend them any money. Since people did not loan money to the bank, the banks in turn was not able to loan others money when they were in need of direct relief, causing many to become unable to support themselves. Herbert Hoover was elected in 1928, beating Al Smith in the election. Three things he believed in was that the economy had natural cycles, how he believed in a theory of rugged individualism, and had a wait and see approach. Therefore, he believed that the economy would eventually fix itself back to its original state before the depression, but that was an unrealistic approach. Hoover also believed in rugged individualism, so he did not create any programs to give direct relief to the citizens who needed help. In the end, Hoover prolonged the Depression by not acting quickly and not providing help to others, especially the unemployed. FDR got elected in 1932, and he on the other hand, acted quickly to restore public confidence. He
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