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A comparison of today’s economic crisis to the Great Depression of 1929-1939

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  1. Introduction
  2. October 24th, 1929
  3. A major preceding factor that contributed to the Great Depression
  4. The poverty rate
  5. A sense of false prosperity
  6. The financial institutions
  7. The political climates of the two time periods
  8. The results of President Obama's efforts
  9. Conclusion
  10. References

Today we are faced with an economic crisis that has affected the United States of America and reached out to shake economies the world over. Stock markets, nationally and internationally have hit all-time lows. The housing market, banks and other financial lending institutions, the Big Three car manufacturers, and businesses that rely on consumer spending have all been knocked down.

[...] A major preceding factor that contributed to the Great Depression was a sense of false prosperity throughout the nation that led to overdependence on mass production and consumer spending. In reality 60% of the population in 1929 earned less than the $2000 poverty minimum (Schoenherr, 2002). The 2008 U.S. Census Bureau report states that or 37.3 million American citizens, lived in poverty in 2007 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2008). A poverty rate of is very low compared to but a look at the unemployment ratings gives a different perspective. [...]


[...] The circumstances surrounding the beginnings of and the attributed cause of falsely perceived prosperity are mirrored in both of the economic crisis. Unemployment and poverty levels remain much lower than those realized during the Great Depression. However, high credit card and mortgage debt have the potential to reduce the standard of living for those who earn a wage above the poverty line. Bank closures have been held off by government funding, but the economy continues to teeter along a thin line. The comparisons show that the financial crisis of today is not quite on the level [...]

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