Major Causes of the Great Depression

This 26 slide mini-ppt reviews the major causes of the Great Depression. We have posted it on SlideShare for your convenience. You can download it from there, or from our Free Downloads page.

If you would like to see more on the Great Depression and New Deal, please check out our 177 slide PowerPoint on the 1930s.

Hoover’s thoughts on why the Great Depression occurred

We found this gem of a primary source document while researching for our World History WWII PowerPoint. We wanted to see what was being said by major US leaders about the stock market crash, Great Depression and its effect on the coming war.

Hoover wrote this letter as a sort of insurance plan in case the incoming president was less than truthful about the causes of the depression. He wanted the letter kept secret so that it would not exacerbate an already tenuous situation. This firsthand account provides insights into what he believed happened and was happening in 1933.

Hoover delineates five periods and explains the conditions that led to the collapse of the US economy. He also gives specific recommendations to solve it.

We have included some questions and answers, please feel free to use them if you’d like.