The Great Depression
The "Crash" begins October 24th (Black Thursday). This placed millions of Americans out of work. Masses of people tried to sell their stock, but no one was buying. An estimated $30 billion in stock values will "disappear" by Mid-November. Since banks also invested a large portion of their clients' saving in the stock market, these banks were forced to close when the Stock Market crashed. People were afraid to lose their money. Many people rushed to banks to withdraw their money, which also made banks shut down. The people who didn't reach the bank became bankrupt. Businesses had to lay off workers. Other businesses had to shut down.
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