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The Great Depression and WWII

Written By Aanya Malaviya (Creator of Politics and Clicks)

Hello everybody! Today we are going to learn about some of world history! Today we are talking about World War 2 and The Great Depression. I hope you enjoy and learn a lot!

The Axis Forces (Germany, Italy, Japan) and the Allied Forces (Britain, USA, Soviet Union, France) fought World War II. The majority of the world's countries have been active in some way. At about 100 million people killed (5 percent of the world's population at the time), it was the worst conflict in all of human history. 

When was it

The Second World War began on 1 September 1939 in Europe when Germany invaded Poland. Great Britain and France, on September 3, responded by declaring war on Germany. On 22 June 1941, the war between the U.S.S.R. and Germany began with the Soviet Union's German invasion. The war in Europe began on 7 May 1945 with the surrender of Germany. The War in the War


Although the war began in September 1939 with an attack by Nazi Germany on Poland, the United States did not enter the war until after the Japanese attacked the American fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. The role of America in World War II had a major influence on the United States economy and labor force. The United States struggled to rebound from the effects of the Great Depression and the unemployment rate stood at about 25%. The rate soon shifted to our participation in the war. The Americans were having a major effect on the war if they had not entered the war that the Nazis would have won.

Where was it?

World War II began in Europe but it spread all over the world. Most of the battles took place in Europe and in the Pacific (Southeast Asia).

The Great Depression was a time of great economic crisis during the 1930s. It began in the United States but quickly spread throughout much of the world. During this time, many people were out of work, hungry, and homeless. In the city, people would stand in long lines at soup kitchens to get a bite to eat. In the country, farmers struggled in the Midwest where a great drought turned the soil into dust causing huge dust storms.

How did it start?

The depression was caused by a number of serious weaknesses in the economy. America's "Great Depression" began after the dramatic crash of the stock market on "Black Thursday", October 24, 1929, when 16 million shares of the stock were quickly sold by panicking investors who had lost faith in the American economy. 

Change of Presidents

Herbert Hoover was President of the United States when the Great Depression began. Many people blamed Hoover for the Great Depression. They even named the shantytowns where homeless people lived "Hoovervilles" after him. In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president. He promised the people of America a "New Deal."

The New Deal

The New Deal was a series of laws, programs, and government agencies enacted to help the country deal with the Great Depression. These laws placed regulations on the stock market, banks, and businesses. They helped put people to work and tried to help house and feed the poor. Many of these laws are still in place today like the Social Security Act.

How did the Great Depression affect the world?

Great Depression, a worldwide economic downturn that began in 1929 and lasted until about 1939. Although it originated in the United States, the Great Depression caused drastic declines in output, severe unemployment, and acute deflation in almost every country in the world.

How did it end? 

The Great Depression ended with the start of World War II. The wartime economy put many people back to work and filled factories to capacity.

Why was the Great Depression important?

Further, the Great Depression shows the important roles that money, banks, and the stock market play in our economy. ... The Great Depression also brought us the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC), regulation of securities markets, the birth of the Social Security System and the first national minimum wage.

Thank you for reading about world history! I hope you find it as interesting as I did. Remember to also watch the videos too. Come back for more content next time on more and more interesting subjects!



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