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1: The Great Depression was caused by a culmination of events. It was started on black Tuesday, the day the stock market crashed. People were thrown into financial panic. SO they started spending less money and saving more, this lead to less need of products so production slowed and many people lost their jobs cause they were no longer needed. The US government then tried to recover and passed a series of laws that ended up hurting the economy more. Banks started to fail, because no one could pay back their loans, and when people went to take out their money there wasn't any there for them to claim. Another cause was the agricultural prices dropping.

2: It lasted for 9 long years. It may not seem long to us today, but for the people living in that time it was like eternity.

3: During this time many men were out of jobs and couldn't pay for food and had to go to soup-kitchens in order to get food to eat. Also people were evicted from their homes and forced to move.

4: People had to go to rehabilitation centers to recover from their journeys to a new town or home, they also got sick from poor nutrition. Young girls were given many responsibilities at home while their mother would be out working, trying to help support the family.

6: Farmers were affected, men, women were affected, factory workers, wall street workers, children were all affected by the Great Depression.

8: Dust storms created by high wind blowing over dry, barren farms, caused mass destruction.

9: The dust and dirt would consume whole towns at once. This affected everyone living there. Many people who inhaled the dust would get very sick.

11: When Franklin Roosevelt became president in 1933 he instituted a group of short term recovery programs. They included financial aid and work assistance. But when America entered the second world war unemployment rates dropped. The government was then spending more money and jobs opportunities were opening.

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