Great Depression

Great Depression

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  • Causes Of The Great Depression
  • What Is Rugged Individualism?
  • Hoovervilles
  • There were 5 main causes that people believe started the Great Depression. Stock Market Crash of 1929, Bank Failures, Reduction In Purchasing Across The Board, American Economic Policy With Europe, Drought Conditions. I think that the stock market crash and the drought conditions were the worst of the causes. The crash led to each of the other causes.
  • President Roosevelt's New Deal
  • Rugged Individualism is a term that means to be completely self-reliant and free from outside assistance. Hoover had great faith that the American people would be able to fix themselves, which is why he used voluntarism instead of forced government programs.
  • President Roosevelt's Second Bill Of Rights
  • Hoovervilles were small villages made by homeless people. They were often built out of cardboard, wood, scrap metal, or anything they could find. Life in a Hooverville was not a good one. Conditions were very unsanitary and most structures were in a constant state of reconstruction.
  • Success Or Failure?
  • FDR's New Deal consisted of reform of the banking system, government spending, putting people back to work, and the creation of social services.  
  • Roosevelt's second bill of rights was a list of rights he believed everyone should have. Some of the rights included were the right to a home, a decent paying job, farmers are able to sell their product for a living, and that you will be taken care of in old age and sickness. I think that this sounds very nice, but not everyone should be given these things. Everyone should have the opportunity to work for these things. I think that the medical care should be for all though.
  • I believe that the New Deal was a success, even though it may have had some failures. Some of the programs used are still around today. Roosevelt did his best to really get things done, and even if he wasn't successful, he still brought comfort to the American people in a time of crisis.
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