The Great Depression

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The Great Depression[edit | edit source]

On October 29, 1929 "Black Tuesday" the stock market crashed, beginning the Great Depression. A quarter of the workforce was without jobs by 1933 and many became homeless. President Herbert Hoover could not stop the Depression's effects and in 1932 Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected president and promised a "New Deal" program. Congress created The Works Progress Administration (WPA) which offered work relief for thousands of people.

The Great Depression ended 1941 with America's entry into World War II. America sided with Britain, France and the Soviet Union against Germany, Italy, and Japan. The loss of lives in this war was staggering. The European part of the war ended with Germany's surrender in May 1945. Japan surrendered in September 1945, after the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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See also[edit | edit source]

Jefferson County Timeline

World War I and how it affected Jefferson County

World War II and how it affected Jefferson County