The Stock Market crash caused the Great Depression by making investors and companies losing majority of their money. The stock market crash happened on October 29, 1929 and was caused by the trading and selling of 12.9 million stocks. The Great Depression lasted from 1929 to 1939 and was the worst economic crisis which caused many people to become unemployed, businesses, and banks started to close and fail. Also the depression challenged American people and families by putting them in economic and social issues. Millions of people and families lost their savings and many banks which failed in the duration of the
The stock market crash during the 1920s, stock prices far exceeded their real value. Many stock buyers bought stock on boundary, or on money borrowed from the stock brokers. When stock prices fell many investors with margin accounts were forced to sell, driving prices down even further. Stock prices began to fall in September 1929, but in October 29 so called “Black Tuesday”, was the worst day in stock history, the stock market on that day, the prices drop dramatically. When the economy collapsed with it, people everywhere lost their jobs and homes.
The Depression was a period of time after the economic boom of the 1920's in America, when the economy went downhill. People lost money, jobs, shares, businusses went bankrupt and the farming industry suffered greatly. The Republic Government at the time lead by Hoover was still following policies of Lassez Faire so business was not getting the support it needed to get it back on track. The Republic Governments Protectionist policies were one of the causes of the great depression. There were trade problems associated with their protectionist policies.
The Great depression and the Recession of 2008 There were many causes for the great depression in the 1929; the most noticeable one was the stock market crash of 1929. This crash started on the 24 of October then on October 29, the stock market just dropped on a day called Black Tuesday. After that, everything fell, the banks failed because they do not have the money to give out to the people. There was also a reduction in purchasing across the board. There was also severe drought and American economic policy with Europe was strict which made businesses to fall.
This caused a huge scare for Americans. Between 1929 and 1933 many people lost their jobs at a rapid rate and the “gross national product fell by 29%” (Who Built America? 392). All of these events led to the decline of some cities. In an act to try and aid Americans, the Federal Reserve Board kept interest rates low.
The people that were affected the most by the Great Depression were stockholders. Thousands of stockholders lost enormous amounts of money on Black Tuesday. The rapid decrease of stock prices made stockholders lose their money within one day. Even though it was a devastating loss, there was no way to predict it. From 1925 to 1929, the average stock price doubled on the New York Stock exchange, making people invest ludicrous amounts of money in the hope that they would make a hug... ... middle of paper ... ...hange crash of October 1929 and therefore the succeeding depression alerted stockholders to be concerned about their own investments within the stock exchange instead of the data of other people’s investments.
They had purchased stock in companies whose shares were now crumbling in value” (Ayers 678). After the stocks crashed, people who were invested in them, lost thousands even millions of dollars. The banks were the top investors so they lost the most amount of money with their invested stocks, along with the frightened depositors withdrawing their savings, draining money quickly from the bank. Hundreds of banks failed and shut down because of their loses. CLOSING STATEMENT: although, … Businesses were also affected by the Stock Market Crash.
But when banks started to crash that is when people started to panic and was trying to get their money back, millions of Americans lost fortunes. This caused companies to lose their values and no longer be able to afford to stay in business. William C. Durant joined the Rockefeller family and other financial giants to buy big stocks to prove to the people their assurance in the market but they failed to stop decline in prices. According to the website Globalyceum, US gross domestic product, in 1929 $103.6 billion, in 1930 $91.2, in 1931 $76.5, in 1932 $58.7, in 1933 $56.4. The total size of the American economy, restrained by gross local product, suddenly dropped following the crash on Wall Street from $103.6 billion to $66
Tens of thousands of migrant farm workers traveled the nation looking for employment. Farming income fell some 50 percent and people went hungry because so much food was produced that production became unprofitable. Many Americans watched their homes and life savings be lost because of the stock market. Confidence in the market was lost and without that confidence investors pulled out and the market collapsed. (4) America's unevenly distributed wealth played a role in the stock market crash and slowed the recovery.
Steinbeck wrote ‘Of Mice and Men’ hoping that future generations would realise the difficulties millions of Americans like himself were facing. The great depression was the cause of all these difficulties. It all started because of the Wall Street crash (American stock exchange), this made many businesses go bankrupt and were forced to close down. Many banks also became bankrupt losing everyone’s savings, so people were left with no money. Over 15 million Americans became jobless during the great depression and many were left homeless because they could not afford to keep the payments of the houses they had rented out.