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The Wall Street crash of 1929 left many people penniless and triggered the Great Depression.

The Wall Street crash of 1929 left many people penniless and triggered the Great Depression.

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The Wall Street crash of 1929 left many people penniless and triggered the Great Depression.

Images of the Era: 1913-1945

Most Americans greeted the 20th century with optimism. The early decades saw economic growth and the expansion of democracy as women gained the vote. But two world wars, the Great Depression, and the nuclear age later tested such confidence.