Ten Interesting Facts . . . .
The Great Depression
Black TuesdayOn October 29, 1929, the stock market lost $14 billion. During the week of Black Tuesday, the stock market lost $30 billion. This would be equivalent to $377,587,032,770.41 today.
Dorothea Lange’s photo of Florence Thompson with several of her children has become a moving symbol of the Great Depression.
In the photo, Florence Thompson was age 32 years old. She had seven children. Florence was a migrant pea picker in California. This photo was taken in February or March of 1936 in Nipomo, California.
Average Rate of Unemployment during the Great Depression
The board game Monopoly became a big success when it first went on the market in 1935. Players could pretend to be rich. This was a nice break from the reality of the depression.