The Great Depression.

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This report is an in depth one discussing the cause and effects of the Great Depression and what inevitably pulled the American People out of it.

Imagine for a moment, waking up one day to find yourself on a dirty floor, a pile of rags, or maybe even the street. You look down at yourself to find you're wearing the same clothes you wore yesterday, except they are completely filthy and have lots of holes in places like the knees and elbows. You have no access to a mirror to show you what you look like so you go to touch you hair with your hand and find it to be a pile of grease and dirt that obviously hasn't been washed in days, maybe even weeks.

You get up and start to head for work, or school, only to realize you have no place to go. The pain of hunger eats away at you, but you just ignore it knowing that there is nothing for you to eat and you have no money to buy any food.

You have no job, no money, no family, and no hope. Welcome to the Depression.

The 1920's was a time of great prosperity in the lives of most Americans and our natural human ignorance made us think it would stay that way forever. We had just come out of World War I and business was booming, along with agriculture and the stock market. The outlook for the future was great, but people failed to understand that economies can't be on the upswing forever; it has to come down sometime. All of the signs

of a depression were there; the farmers were producing too much, the uneven distribution of income, easy credit/huge debts, imbalance of foreign trade; people just didn't notice them. Not...