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Stock Market Crash of 1929


October 29, 1929, Black Tuesday, marks an unforgettable day in American history and the end of the reckless prosperity of the 1920s. On that day at the New York Stock Exchange, frenzied investors sold off stocks, panicked by falling share prices from the weeks before. In an unlikely chain of events, like a perfect storm, forces came together to bring on the Great Depression, an era of joblessness, poverty, hunger, and want. The viewer will experience the full impact of the great Stock Market Crash of 1929 through primary sources such as: humorous and grim political cartoons; newspaper articles; a first hand interview; a presidential order; posters and broadsides; and stark photos of soup kitchen lines, the stock exchange after the crash, and “Hooverville,” one of many shantytowns named after President Herbert Hoover. Historian: Rebecca A. Spears. The contents of this Focus Jackdaw feature:

Support Materials

  • Illustrated Broadsheet Essay
  • Timeline
  • Critical Thinking Questions
  • Recommended Reading List

Historical Documents

  • Collection of newspaper articles on the crash
  • Text of President Roosevelt’s banking holiday executive order
  • WPA interview with George Mehales about his losses on October 29, 1929
  • Corn scrip for purchase of 22,000 bushels of corn, Clear Lake, Iowa
  • WPA poster for a new play: “Class of 1929: Where Do They Go from Here?”
  • Communist Party broadside on unemployment
  • Political cartoon poster
  • 1929 Stock Market Crash photo-poster

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