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CATEGORY: Great Depression
How Did the Gold Standard Contribute to the Great Depression?
May 8, 2018

A number of complex factors helped to create the conditions necessary for the Great Depression, and adherence to the gold standard was just one of those factors. Read More

How Photography Defined the Great Depression
April 30, 2018

To justify the need for New Deal projects, the government employed photographers to document the suffering of those affected, producing some of the most iconic photographs of the Great Depression. Read More

Life for the Average Family During the Great Depression
April 19, 2018

The Great Depression, the worst economic downturn in modern history, profoundly affected the daily life of American families in ways large and small. Read More

Last Hired, First Fired: How the Great Depression Affected African Americans
April 18, 2018

While no group escaped the economic devastation of the Great Depression, few suffered more than African Americans, who experienced the highest unemployment rate during the 1930s. Read More

What Caused the Stock Market Crash of 1929?
April 13, 2018

The stock market crash of 1929 was the worst economic event in world history. What exactly caused the stock market crash, and could it have been prevented? Read More

These Women Taught Depression-Era Americans to Use Electricity
March 29, 2018

90 percent of rural homes in the U.S. didn’t have electricity in 1935. Ten years later, almost all of them did. Read More

The Great Depression Lesson About ‘Trade Wars’
March 5, 2018

In 1930, raising tariffs across the board hurt the U.S. economy. Read More

Poorhouses Were Designed to Punish People for Their Poverty
January 30, 2018

In a time before social services, society’s most vulnerable people were hidden away in brutal institutions. Read More

The Brutal History of Anti-Latino Discrimination in America
September 27, 2017

School segregation, lynchings and mass deportations of Spanish-speaking U.S. citizens are just some of the injustices Latinos have faced. Read More

The Disastrous Backstory Behind the Invention of LEGO Bricks
September 21, 2017

If it wasn’t for a series of fires, the iconic toy may never have been built. Read More