Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step in your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step in faith.
The Great Depression and the New Deal (1929–1941)
Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California by Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange
Courtesy Library of Congress
A stock market crash in 1929 set off a severe economic depression.
During the Great Depression, millions of people lost their jobs, homes,
and savings. A new U.S. President, Franklin Roosevelt, introduced a
series of bold reforms designed to combat the effects of the Depression
and prevent another depression. Yet, his reforms also increased the size
and power of government.
Section 1: Hoover and the Crash
Section 2: Roosevelt and the New Deal
Section 3: Life in the Great Depression
Section 4: Legacy of the New Deal