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US History Causes of the Great Depression

Your textbook lists many factors that it argues started the Great Depression. You¶re going to investigate those factors and, in partners, decide what the main cause of the Great Depression was and how it could have been avoided. First, describe how each of the following events/people caused the Great Depression: 1) Wealth Distribution

2) Buying stocks on margin

3) ³Hands off´ government leaders (especially the Federal Reserve System)

4) Lack of bank regulation

5) Over-farming in the Midwest

6) Hoover¶s ³Rugged Individualism´ speech

Which of the previous events do you think did the most harm? Why? What could have prevented the Great Depression, or was it inevitable? Why?