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Writing for BBC History Revealed, Nige Tassell recalls the events and aftermath of the Wall Street Crash of 1929 October 23, 2019 at 9:00 am On Thursday 24 October 1929, Wall Street – a narrow thoroughfare at the southern tip of Manhattan Island – was unusually busy. Experts saw a red-hot market being subject to a little ventilation as no bad thing. On Thursday 24 October 1929, Wall Street – a narrow thoroughfare at the southern tip of Manhattan Island – was unusually busy. Flurry is perhaps too gentle an adjective. Those who had gathered the previous Thursday to show concern were now crestfallen and broken. They might have been underwritten by government, but the success of liberty bonds meant that, to the public’s mind at least, putting savings into stocks and shares on the financial market was now seen as respectable, when previously it had been deemed risky. The market was in the ascendancy. “The market was enchanted,” says Blumenthal, “part of an affluent and exciting time that seemed likely to continue forever. You have successfully linked your account! Thank you for subscribing to HistoryExtra, you now have unlimited access. Regardless of how energising the New Deal was to the nation, it didn’t solve the Great Depression. “In a few minutes,” Brogan also wrote, “Roosevelt did what had so wearingly eluded Hoover for four years: he gave back to his countrymen their hope and their energy. As the New York Times reported, the sense of resignation on Wall Street, the reality of personal financial ruin, was ubiquitous. Those who’d been hit hardest by the Great Depression and had their homes foreclosed were living in shanty towns, which the President’s critics dubbed ‘Hoovervilles’. Work was also offered to those signing up for the Civilian Conservation Corps, which placed the unemployed in six-month camps, working on conservation projects while earning $30 a month. Manufacturing was reduced as a result; within three years of the crash, production of the motor car, such a symbol of the good times of the 1920s,was around a quarter of what it had been. The rural unemployed moved en masse to find work, whether in the drought-ridden dustbowls of Texas and Oklahoma heading west to find agricultural jobs in California or on plantations in the Deep South heading north to the industrialised cities. The street’s most significant building, the New York Stock Exchange, didn’t open for business until 10am, but vast crowds were gathering. This is no unsolvable problem if we face it wisely and courageously. By the end of the week, half a million grateful letters had poured into the White House – first waters of a flood that was never to dry up.”. These were desperate times. The economy had a pre-existing condition, an underlying weakness. Writing for BBC History Revealed, Nige Tassell recalls the events and aftermath of the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Unlike the other industrial nations – which, after the four devastating years of World War I, were severely damaged or close to breaking economically – the US, thanks to its late entry into the war, emerged comparatively unscathed, financially. It was the equivalent of a heart attack being suffered by someone with high blood pressure. There were no tears, either. Mitchell took his inspiration from the success of liberty bonds, which had been issued to the public during the last two years of World War I as a way of financing the Allied war effort. The project to rebuild the US – both materially and psychologically – was an impressive one, yet the nation wasn’t completely united behind the cause. In order to supply troops overseas, productivity in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors expanded rapidly, while creating millions of jobs. In the last hour of trading the previous afternoon, the financial market had plummeted, with 2.6 million shares being sold in a chaotic last flurry of business. The scramble for money to continue to operate and to pay wages was intense. Thanks! You can unsubscribe at any time. “There were no smiles. The Great Depression was ended by events out of the president’s control. “The descent came by stages,” wrote historian Hugh Brogan. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, forcing the US to enter World War II, the economy belatedly rebounded. Those six October days were far from a blip. In some cases, as much as 90 per cent of the purchase price was loaned. This didn’t mean good news. At Roosevelt’s inauguration in March 1933, he sought to reassure and unite a broken population. You will shortly receive a receipt for your purchase via email. It was too repetitious a tale.”. Questa corsa alle vendite causa un repentino crollo del valore dei titoli, colpendo l’economia statunitense e tutte quelle che ad essa sono collegate. The prosperous times would return. Prior to the crash of late October 1929, prices had slipped a little the previous month. His aloofness as a person didn’t help his argument, and he was ridiculed for appearing not to care enough for his fellow citizens. It started in September and ended late in October, when share prices on the New York Stock Exchange collapsed. Extremely busy. Roosevelt’s programme – delivered under the New Deal banner – was revolutionary in the way it placed the federal government, previously largely invisible in everyday life, at the heart of the nation’s recovery. Underneath the hype, it was a fragile house of cards. The very visible concern on the streets of Lower Manhattan the next morning was understandable. They roared with the confidence and optimism of a prosperous era.”. Our best wishes for a productive day. There seems to be a problem, please try again. Crollo di Wall Street del 1929: la storia Dopo la fine della Guerra Mondiale, gli Stati Uniti incontrarono un massiccio sviluppo economico, industriale e finanziario. They delivered a near-fatal blow to the US economy as a whole – and a definite fatal blow to millions of personal livelihoods. During the Roaring Twenties, industrialists and bankers became heroes of the nation, as well as being admired with the riches they had created for themselves. If you subscribe to BBC History Magazine Print or Digital Editions then you can unlock 10 years’ worth of archived history material fully searchable by Topic, Location, Period and Person. The mandate of the landslide, coupled with large Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress, allowed for a brave tackling of the country’s plight. Further work was on offer through the Public Works Administration, set up to improve the country’s infrastructure. “The loss of one job; the search for another in the same line; the search, growing frantic, for work in any line; the first appearance at the bread-line, where, astonishingly, you met dozens of other honest men who had kept the rules, worked hard and were now as low as the professional bums.”. The following Monday saw it drop 12.8 per cent in value. The cotton was high. Are we returning to an age of political extremes? Politicians, professors and businessmen proclaimed that this was a new era, where the old ups and downs no longer applied.”. Most of the stocks invested in by the average American were bought ‘on margin’ – that is, partly by borrowing from the brokers. While the bubble continued to expand, no-one seemed to pay too much attention to the elephant in the room. The Republican President was reluctant for the government to step into the crisis, believing that a more laissez-faire stance would encourage businesses and banks to right the economy. Everybody wanted to tell their neighbour how much he had lost. “The 1920s didn’t just sing with the rhythms of jazz, or swing with the dancing of the Charleston. Just the camaraderie of fellow sufferers. The very fabric of American society was beginning to fray. The official website for BBC History Magazine, BBC History Revealed and BBC World Histories Magazine, Ninety years ago, the buoyant US economy suffered a cataclysmic earthquake from which it would take an entire decade to recover. Some Democrats still felt it didn’t go as far and as deep as it might, while many Republicans, echoing the stance previously taken by Hoover, felt it was an unwelcome and invasive repositioning of the role of big government. In his first 100 days in office, Roosevelt certainly kept his promises. The Emergency Banking Act aimed to stabilise – and thus restore faith in – the banking system through the introduction of federal deposit insurance, while the Federal Emergency Relief Administration offered support for the poor in the form of blankets, soup kitchens and employment opportunities. Should there be a sizeable crack in the market, the average stock investor had plenty to lose. The following decade saw a tremendous transformation, both industrially and culturally, from coast to coast. It would be Charles Mitchell, the president of National City Bank and thus one of these fêted figures, who would offer the passage to such prosperity. “The people of the United States have not failed. It was a hurricane. And the average American fancied a small fortune of their own. Productivity failed to revive in quite the manner that Roosevelt hoped, while unemployment remained high throughout the 1930s. The Wall Street Crash of 1929, also known as the Great Crash, was a major American stock market crash that occurred in the fall of 1929. The market maintained its downward spiral for the rest of that week and into the next. Industry found it difficult to trade, as belief in the concept of credit – and in the credibility of the banking system – had been shot to pieces. Il 24 ottobre 1929, giorno noto anche con l’emblematico nome di “giovedì nero”, alla Borsa di New York vengono scambiati 13 milioni di titoli e anche nei giorni successivi le vendite continuano incessantemente. “Jobs were plentiful and paychecks grew steadily,” observed Wall Street financial journalist Karen Blumenthal. Questo almeno fino al 1929, anno in cui si verificò il crollo della borsa di Wall Street, che diede inizio alla Grande Depressione. Six months after the events of October 1929, the jobless total had more than doubled to 3.25 million. Everything you ever wanted to know about... Hitler’s millionaire backers: how Germany’s elite facilitated the rise of the Nazis, The credit crunch: “It’s a story of hubris followed by a fall”. Not too much notice was taken. That vigorous, direct action came in the form of 15 major laws aimed at creating jobs and rebooting industry, the economy and, symbolically, belief. Instead, the atmosphere was thick with concern, with fear, with panic. Introduzione. Promoted by cultural icons like Charlie Chaplin and Al Jolson, the public – seeing such outlay as a patriotic duty (especially when they earned up to 4.25 per cent in interest) – were thus introduced to the notion of investment. After all, following every previous blip over the past few years, the market had more than recovered its previous position. Unemployment rose spectacularly too. Dopo la fine della Guerra Mondiale, gli Stati Uniti incontrarono un massiccio sviluppo economico, industriale e finanziario. But its aftercare – as administered, or otherwise, by President Herbert Hoover – was insufficient. By the scheme’s end in 1942, 2.5 million men had been employed by the corps. Nige Tassell is an author and journalist who writes about sport and history. CROLLO DI WALL STREET RIASSUNTO La crisi Usa del ’29 – Crollo di Wall Street. The gold rush was irresistible, even to previously staid, conservative businessmen. For several years, the US had been on a roll. His success, though, measured by three further presidential election victories, was one of motivation and inspiration. It came as no surprise that, at the presidential election of 1932, Hoover was unceremoniously dumped from office, with his successor, the Democrat Franklin D Roosevelt, winning 57.4 per cent of the popular vote. Crollo di Wall Street del 1929: la storia. The sharper players took advantage of these lower prices. Mitchell opened brokers’ offices across the country to satisfy, and further encourage, this dabbling on the stock market. For instance, if an investor bought shares in either the department store chain Montgomery Ward or the utility firm General Electric in March 1928, they’d see their money doubled within just 18 months. It can be accomplished in part by direct recruiting by the government itself, treating the task as we would treat the emergency of a war.”, The effect was instant. These times were just about economic uncertainty. The legislative strides he made were speedy and sizeable. Nobody wanted to listen. By the mid-1920s, three million Americans were stock investors, seduced by the magnetic pull of getting rich in such an uncomplicated way. La prima guerra mondiale porta in Europa una scarsità di ogni genere di … No-one could claim to have foreseen what occurred across those six days in October 1929. This article is taken from the November 2019 issue of BBC History Revealed. It was neither a homecoming nor a victory parade. The Wall Street Crash: the day the bubble burst.
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