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What life was like during the Great Depression – 10 devastating facts

Even decades later, the consequences of the most severe economic depression in the Western world still affect our lives. Here are some of the most shocking and interesting facts about the Great Depression.


The crash of the stock market on Wall Street in October of 1929 marked the beginning of the Great Depression. It lasted until WWII and affected every industrialized country of the world. While the reasons behind this devastating crisis are still debated, some confirmed facts about life back then are horrifying.


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57 Comments
Christina Birnie
American banking greed effects the whole world
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Feb 16, 2020 5:19PM
Pravin Shastri
I feel sad that the the stellar role played by President Roosevelt in helping America to come out of depression is not highlighted. Using Keynesian economic strategy, he took measures to boost Govt. spending in building infrastructure and public works. This increased the aggregate demand thereby inducing investments and creating jobs. Difficult to believe that in just 100 days the process of recovery began and America started to regain it's primacy in the world. Sad to see that today's America has forgotten such a great person.
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Feb 16, 2020 10:35PM
Vladimir Orozco
What an idiotic comment, your ignorance is without boundaries.
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Mar 2, 2020 7:56PM
Bill Rainey
The above was in Scotland .
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Feb 26, 2020 11:10AM
Bill Rainey
My father was a minor inventor and got paid from a well known technology magazine which helped to pay his rent and put a little food on the table . Before I was born but I still have some of the mags and what he was paid for his inventions .
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Feb 26, 2020 10:50AM
Lola
cynthiawpowell, Whites ALWAYS forget the POC....
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Feb 23, 2020 11:56AM
Lola
That was for WHITES, think how much worse POC had it....DUH...
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Feb 23, 2020 11:55AM
Stewart Dean Martin
I believe that people of the status of the Kennedy family and others were not in anyway affected by the depression but still made more money
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Feb 23, 2020 4:33AM
Pat Welch
Christina Birnie, you obviously don't know what caused the great depression. The run on banks was a reaction to the drop in the market.
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Feb 21, 2020 10:14AM
cynthiawpowell
I am shocked that the lives of people of color were not included in any of these photos. Our people were here too and survived the horrors of this time period in even more challenging ways. As someone has said, "when white America has a cold, people of color have the flu". This was a major oversight.
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Feb 19, 2020 9:35AM
jacki grabow
Some new information, always educational information
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Feb 19, 2020 8:32AM
iqassoc
FDR was the biggest contribution to unemployment 1 in 4 in 1933 1in 4 in 1940 we didn’t get out of the depression until we went to war. He used jobs as a weapon to make sure democrats would get elected he was a terrible president.
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Feb 17, 2020 11:55PM
Criona Walsh
Sad, but interesting information T.U
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Feb 17, 2020 9:08PM
Judy Bond
#8 is just about the social security average now.....and this insurance is on the chopping block again.
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Feb 17, 2020 8:51PM
Oscar Foot Mann
Pravin Shastri, sir, WW2 broke the great depression, not FDR..... Yes FDR put people to work with WPA and other job programs but that had NOTHING to do with breaking the depression.... War time economy and millions of soldiers out of the country did that...
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Feb 17, 2020 6:54PM
silentangel
This was interesting information on this period in our history.
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Feb 17, 2020 4:46PM
Cheryl McMeekin
It was a terrible time for so many.
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Feb 17, 2020 4:04PM

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