The Stock Market in the 1920's had consistently seen prices climb over the last few years. By the fall of 1929 the prices of stock were severely overpriced and unaffordable. When stockholders saw the severity in the prices they all panicked and began to sell all the stock that they owned. This is what caused the Stock Market to crash. Other causes for the Great Depression are there just not obvious.
The Tax system in the United States in this period was struggling. Income Tax on the middle class was way too high. The middle class would end up paying the vast majority of the tax. Rich and well off people, seemed to find loopholes in the system to get around paying the taxes that they should. This led to the rich getting richer and the poor got poorer. Unemployment rose to a high of 25%.
Due to the lack of money in the middle class Americans pocket, there was a great problem with overproduction. The products were being made, but no one had the money to buy anything. The Americans although were given a false sense of security throughout this rough period being told that everything was going to be okay.
The banking system of the 1920's is not what it should have been. Today we have insurance on the money we put in the bank, so if that bank should go under, we can still have our money. This was not the case in the 20's. If your bank closed, and many of them did, you lost all the money you had saved. No one could help you and many families ended up on the street due to this loss.... [continues]
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