Today when most Americans think of the Great Depression, they imagine desperate men standing in bread lines, bootleggers hustling illegal booze to secrecy-shrouded speakeasies, FDR smiling, or Judy Garland skipping along the yellow brick road. Hard times have become an abstraction; but this was the era when the federal government became a major player in the national economy and Americans bestowed the responsibility for maintaining full employment and stable prices on Congress and the White House, making the Depression years a major watershed in U.S. history. In more than 500 essays, this ready reference brings those hard times to life, covering diplomacy, popular culture, intellectual life, economic problems, public policy issues, and prominent individuals of the era.BULL MARKET. During the 1920s, the stock market underwent unprecedented growth in a mania of speculation. In 1921, the New York Stock Exchange composite index stood at 54. It then increased to 65 in 1923, 106 in 1924, 245 in 1927, anbsp;...
|Title||:||Historical Dictionary of the Great Depression, 1929-1940|
|Author||:||James Stuart Olson|
|Publisher||:||Greenwood Publishing Group - 2001-01-01|