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CLIP 11145

What went wrong in 1920s America?

What went wrong in 1920s America?
Key Info
  • What went wrong in 1920s America?
  • Duration: 05:00
  • Testimonies from people who fell into debt after their successful livelihoods and money were lost in the crash. America was the land of plenty with more cars and bank accounts but then the economy crashed and the country was plummeted into depression.
  • Credits: Footage Farm, National Archives Washington, Library of Congress Washington
  • Subject:



    USA: 1917-1941

  • Keywords: divided, Hoover, 1920s, happy, boom, credit, spend, profits, crash, debt, failure, banks
Ideas for use in class
  • Ask students to research how the American economy crashed.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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