Unit 5: Crisis and Change
Lesson E: Economic Depression and Political Collapse
Activity 8: Causes and Effects of Great Depression
Historian John A. Garraty has written that the Great Depression was "a worldwide phenomenon composed of an infinite number of separate but related events."
Classroom Activity - The Great Depression
Directions: Think about the stock market crash, export dependency, the gold standard, various tariffs and protectionist responses, war debts and reparations, and welfare programs as you prepare your responses to the following questions. Be sure to support your answers with historical evidence.
- What do you consider the most significant cause of the Great Depression?
- What do you consider the most significant effect?
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