The Great Depression was the worst economic downturn ever in U.S. History, and one which extended to practically the entire industrialized world. The Depression began late in 1929 and lasted for about ten years. Many economists have their theories as to what brought all of this about. It is generally accepted that the main cause for the Great Depression was the combination of the greatly unequal distribution of wealth throughout the 1920's, and the extensive
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expected from it. It also changed the way people looked at themselves. I have learned that The Great Depression tested the fabric of American life as it had been seldom tested before or has since. It caused Americans to doubt their abilities and their values. It caused them to despair. But they weathered the test, and as a Nation, emerged stronger than ever, and we are all better today for their strength and their courage.