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In the late 1920's farms and factories were producing more than Americans needed.
due to this many workers where laid off.
Causing the unemployment rate between 1929 and 1933 to increase by 22 percent.
Also, banking systems were very weak. Loans where made to people who couldn't pay back the money.
The stock market crashed on October 29th 1929.This is known as black Tuesday. Many banks shut down.
During the Great Depression Herbert Hoover was president.
He followed the laissez faire policy. This meant that he did not believe the government should interfere with the economy.
On April 18th 1935 the dust bowl began. A huge back cloud piled up on the west horizon.
For Stratford, Texas and many other small farming towns , this would be one ofmore than 300 that would make an unwelcome visit in the Southern Great Plains.
Overall the main reasons leading up to the Great Depression was the overwhelming unemployment rate,weak banking systems, and dust storms making farming difficult,
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