Great Depression

Although there were warning signs that the economy was declining by the end of the 1920's, the stock market crash of 1929 is usually considered to be the beginning of the Great Depression. As panic led to depression, many people blamed Herbert Hoover for doing too "little, too late" to fix the economy's downward spiral. The election of Franklin Roosevelt in 1932 marked a change in government policy toward the economy from laissez-faire to deficit spending. During the first Hundred Days of his ad…

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(1929-1941) The dramatic decline in the world's economy however not due to the United State's stock market crash of October 1929,
(1929-1939) The dramatic decline in the world's economy due to the United State's stock market crash of 1929, the overproduction of goods from World War I, and decline in the need for raw materials from non industrialized nations. Results in millions of people losing their jobs as banks and businesses closed around the world. Many people were reduced to homelessness, and had to rely on government sponsored soup kitchens to eat. World trade also declined as many countries imposed protective tariffs in an attempt to restore their economies.
Causes of_________ were overproduction, Underconsumption, stock market speculation
1. How did the stock market crash affect America?
It caused Americans to lose confident and decreased stock investments.
2. What factors contributed to the Great Depression?
-buying things on credit direct cause
-stock crash indirect cause.
3a. Briefly name and describe some major New Deal programs that provided relief, promoted recovery and set-up reforms to avoid future depressions.
Civilian Conservation Corps
Hired young, unemployed people to do restoration projects throughout the country, employed over 3 million people.
Relief: (CCC) March 31, 1933; reduced poverty/unemployment, helped young men and families; young men go to rural camps for 6 months to do construction work; $1/day; intended to help youth escape cities; concerned with soil erosion, state/national parks, telephone/power lines; 40 hr weeks
Works Progress administration WPA
The Works Progress Administration (renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration; WPA) was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads. New Deal agency that helped create jobs for those that needed them. It created around 9 million jobs working on bridges, roads, and buildings. May 6, 1935- Began under Hoover and continued under Roosevelt but was headed by Harry L. Hopkins. Provided jobs and income to the unemplyed but couldn't work more than 30 hours a week. It built many public buildings and roads, and as well operated a large arts project.
National Recovery Administation
Government agency that was part of the New Deal and dealt with the industrial sector of the economy. It allowed industries to create fair competition which were intended to reduce destructive competition and to help workers by setting minimum wages and maximum weekly hours. The most ambitious attempt to control and plan the economy was the National Recovery Administration (NRA), established by Congress right after Roosevelt took office. The key idea behind the NRA was to reduce competition and fix prices and wages for everyone's benefit, along with sponsoring enough public works projects to ensure recovery. The NRA's goal required government, business, and labor to hammer out detailed regulations for each industry. Because NRA broke with the cherished American tradition of free competition and aroused conflicts among business people, consumers, and bureaucrats, it was not a success and the NRA was declared unconstitutional by the supreme court.
Agricultural Adjustment act
(FDR) 1933 and 1938 , Helped farmers meet mortgages. Unconstitutional because the government was paying the farmers to waste 1/3 of there products. Created by Congress in 1933 as part of the New Deal this agency attempted to restrict agricultural production by paying farmers subsidies to take land out of production. Recovery: (AAA); May 12, 1933; restricted crop production to reduce crop surplus; goal was to reduce surplus to raise value of crops; farmers paid subsidies by federal government; declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in US vs Butler on January 6, 1936
Tennessee valley Authority
A relief, recovery, and reform effort that gave 2.5 million poor citizens jobs and land. It brought cheap electric power, low-cost housing, cheap nitrates, and the restoration of eroded soil. A relief, recovery, and reform effort that gave 2.5 million poor citizens jobs and land. It brought cheap electric power, low-cost housing, cheap nitrates, and the restoration of eroded soil.
Rural Electrification administration
1935; made electricity available at low rates to American farm families in areas that private power companies refused to service.
Part of FDR's "Second New Deal" programs; brought affordable electricity to isolated rural areas
Social Security
(FDR) 1935, guaranteed retirement payments for enrolled workers beginning at age 65; set up federal-state system of unemployment insurance and care for dependent mothers and children, the handicapped, and public health
A 1935 law passed during the Great Depression that was intended to provide a minimal level of sustenance to older Americans and thus save them from poverty.
3b. What economic reforms were aimed at preventing another depression?
The New Deal
Federal Deposit Insurance Coperation
(FDI) A United States government corporation created by the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933. It provides deposit insurance, which guarantees the safety of deposits in member banks, currently up to $250,000 per depositor per bank
Gave insurance to banks
an agency created in 1933 to insure individuals' bank accounts, protecting people against losses due to bank failures
Trust in Securities act
See Securities Act of 1933.
Required promoters to transmit to the investor sworn information regarding the soundness of their stocks and bonds
A federal piece of legislation enacted as a result of the market crash of 1929. The legislation had two main goals: (1) to ensure more transparency in financial statements so investors can make informed decisions about investments, and (2) to establish laws against misrepresentation and fraudulent activities in the securities markets.
National labor Relations
A 1935 law, also known as the Wagner Act, that guarantees workers the right of collective bargaining sets down rules to protect unions and organizers, and created the National Labor Relations Board to regulate labor-managment relations.
(FDR) A 1935 law, also known as the Wagner Act, that guarantees workers the right of collective bargaining sets down rules to protect unions and organizers, and created the National Labor Relations Board to regulate labor-managment relations. , Made sure workers were treated and payed well and not getting abused by their business. this law created the National Labor Relations Board to enforce the law and supervise shop elections
4. Why were some people critical of FDR's New Deal programs?
5. What parts of the New Deal are still in effect today?
Many New Deal programs remain active, with some still operating under the original names, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
6. What role did the Supreme Court play during the Great Depression?
some apposed the new deal and also Fdr wanted to appoint 6 more justices.
7. What effects did the Great Depression have on women, families, and communities?
They where unemployment and lost homes and money. Also after the new deal their communities where fixed and improved.
8. How did radio, music, sports, and movies help people take their minds off the Great Depression?
The president shared policy snd communicated with the people. Also they also did that to take away their time.
9. What were some fads and fashions of the 1930's?
They had the same as the 20 only more fur.
10. What role did Eleanor Roosevelt play in "helping" FDR during the Great Depression?
She was the first active First Lady. She was an impotent aspect of Franklin Roosevelt decisions. She shared her perspective on decisions and make a political career.
11. How were art, literature, and photography influenced by the Great Depression?
"During the depths of the Great Depression of the 1930s and into the early years of World War II, the Federal government supported the arts in unprecedented ways. For 11 years, between 1933 and 1943, federal tax dollars employed artists, musicians, actors, writers, photographers, and dancers. Never before or since has our government so extensively sponsored the arts. MORE...

Fishermans Village
Rediscovering America

Celebrating the country's past and its character promoted a sense of national identity during a difficult time and yielded art that people could understand and appreciate.

The Riveter
Celebrating "the People"

Visual artists, writers, filmmakers, and playwrights concentrated many of their creative efforts on the patterns of everyday life, especially the world of work. A recurring theme was the strength and dignity of common men and women, even as they faced difficult circumstances.

Work Pays
Work Pays America
Most New Deal artists were grateful to President Roosevelt for giving them work and enthusiastically supported the New Deal's liberal agenda. Not surprisingly, their art celebrated the progress made under Franklin Roosevelt and promoted the President and his programs.

Activists Arts
Activist Arts

Many politically active artists worked for the New Deal projects. United by a desire to use art to promote social change, these artists sympathized with the labor movement and exhibited an affinity for left-wing politics ranging from New Deal liberalism to socialism to communism.

Useful Art
Useful Arts

Most New Deal artist-administrators believed deeply that the projects had a responsibility to reach out to as many Americans as possible and to put art to practical use. Such socially useful arts were not intended to create masterpieces, but they did produce many excellent works, allowed thousands of artists to pursue their vocation, and enriched and informed the lives of Americans." (National Archives and Records Administration).
Herbert Hoover
(1929-1933) The New York Stock Market Crashes October 29, 1929 "Black Tuesday". The 20th Amendment is passed and added and the 21st Amendment is passed by 1933.
Shanty towns that the unemployed built in the cities during the early years of the Depression; the name given to them shows that the people blamed Hoover directly for the Depression. The shantytowns were made from scrap material, wood, metal, etc. Homeless people lived in these during the depression.
Bonus Army
Group of WWI vets. that marched to D.C. in 1932 to demand the immediate payment of their goverment war bonuses in cash.
1932 - Facing the financial crisis of the Depression, WW I veterans tried to pressure Congress to pay them their retirement bonuses early. Congress considered a bill authorizing immediate assurance of $2.4 billion, but it was not approved. Angry veterans marched on Washington, D.C., and Hoover called in the army to get the veterans out of there. Camped along the Potomac River. 20,000 jobless.
to fail to pay a debt or to perform a task.
A legal procedure whereby property used as security for a debt is sold to satisfy the debt in the event of default in payment of the mortgage note or default of other terms in the note.
A long-term economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices and low levels of trade and investment and a period of low economic activity and rising unemployment
Deficit spending
Government practice of spending more than it takes in from taxes.
government spending, in excess of revenue, of funds raised by borrowing rather than from taxation.
..., Means to over "guess." The majority of the people felt the stock market will go up, so they greedily buy, when in reality it's the peak already and stock market prices will drop soon. Many investors taking risk in business in order to make a profit but it ends up hurting the economy,
Black Tuesday
October 29, 1929. Signaled the Financial collapse of the nation. 1929. On this date, share prices on the New York Stock Exchange completely collapsed, becoming a pivotal factor in the emergence of the Great Depression.
raised stock -no buyer- stock drop -great depression
A general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money.
Bank Holiday
All the banks were ordered to close until new laws could be passed. An emergency banking law was rushed through Congress. The Law set up new ways for the federal government to funnel money to troubled banks It also required the Treasury Department to inspect banks before they could re-open.
FDR closes all American banks for 4 days (Congress meets to discuss legislation); Creates a great sense of relief for the public
Franklin Roosevelt
32nd President of the United States. 1933-1945, Democrat, "forgotten man," broke two term rule, platform - prohibition, help farmers, prevent fraud, balanced budget, decrease public spending, third election - two groups: "Defend America by Aiding the Allies" and "America First". Democrat; New Deal to end great depression (created an "alphabetocracy" of agencies): two parts: First 100 Days and 2nd New Deal; social security created under the New Deal, opposition from Supreme Court, so he tried "court packing" (people didn't like that), tried to maintain neutrality in WWII, but had ties to allies (Lend Lease Act, strong economic ties), 1941: Pearl harbor ("a date which will live in infamy"), US enters WWII, died in 1945 while in office
Fireside chats
informal talks given by FDR over the radio; sat by White House fireplace; gained the confidence of the people. During the depression years of the 1930s, President Roosevelt used the radio to communicate with the American people, using plain language to explain complex issues and programs. These had a reassuring and steadying effect on the public and boosted confidence. President F. Roosevelt's use of radio broadcasts to connect him and the people in an intimate way. Through these, he explained the nature of the bank moratorium, farm relief, and his New Deal's alphabet agencies to solve problems of the Depression.
The Hundred Days/Brain Trust
Group of expert policy advisers who worked with FDR in the 1930s to end the great depression
FDR's "inner circle" of selected experts rather than typical politicians or businessmen
A group of university professors Roosevelt turned to. It included Rexford Tugwell, Raymond Moley, and Adolph A. Berle Jr.
Frances Perkins
(born Fanny Coralie Perkins, lived April 10, 1882 - May 14, 1965) was the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945, and the first woman ever appointed to the cabinet. As a loyal supporter of her friend Franklin D. Roosevelt, she helped pull the labor movement into the New Deal coalition.
Roosevelt's secretary of labor (1993-1945); she had a great influence on many New Deal programs, most significantly the Social Security Act.
Social Security
(FDR) 1935, guaranteed retirement payments for enrolled workers beginning at age 65; set up federal-state system of unemployment insurance and care for dependent mothers and children, the handicapped, and public health
A combination of entitlement programs, paid for by employer and employee taxes, that includes retirement benefits, health insurance, and support for disabled workers and the children of deceased or disabled workers.
Dust Bowl
Parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas that were hit hard by dry topsoil and high winds that created blinding dust storms; this area of the Great Plains became called that because winds blew away crops and farms, and blew dust from Oklahoma to Albany, New York. Ruined farms and left many farmers with out crops and money. that experienced a drought in 1930 lasting for a decade, leaving many farmers without work or substantial wages. Long periods of drought and destructive farming methods ruined farming in the region,
Displaced farm families from the Oklahoma dust bowl who migrated to California during the 1930s in search of jobs.
The Grapes of Wrath
The story follows the fortunes of a poor family as they travel from the Dust Bowl region to California. based on the great depression written by John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck's novel about a struggling farm family during the Great Depression. Gave a face to the violence and exploitation that migrant farm workers faced in America. Featured information about the Dust Bowl. Also talked about by FDR wife.
An economic and governmental system based on public ownership of the means of production and exchange.
a sum of money granted by the government or a public body to assist an industry or business so that the price of a commodity or service may remain low or competitive.
on margin
To buy stock by paying only a fraction of the stock price and borrowing the rest

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