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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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