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Why did the Wall Street Crash lead to the Great Depression?

Why did the Wall Street Crash lead to the Great Depression?

The Great Depression began with the Wall Street Crash of October, 1929, and rapidly spread worldwide. The market crash marked the beginning of a decade of high unemployment, poverty, low profits, deflation, plunging farm incomes, and lost opportunities for economic growth and personal advancement. Although its causesare still uncertain and controversial, the net effect was a sudden and general loss of confidence in the economic future.The usual explanations include numerous factors, especially high consumer debt, ill-regulated markets that permitted overoptimistic loans by banks and investors, the lack of high-growth new industries,all interacting to create a downward economic spiral of reduced spending, falling confidence, and lowered production.



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