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The Stock Market Crash of 1929

The Stock Market Crash of 1929

by Scott Ingram

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Children's Literature
A book for children about the stock market crash is challenged to define and characterize the country's economy and the financial mechanism of the stock market. This 48-page reference for elementary and middle school students, part of the "Landmark Events in American History" series, goes a long way toward providing that context. The book integrates photographs, charts, period posters and advertisements, quotations from original source materials and boxed explanations of such institutions as the Federal Reserve Board, The New York Stock Exchange and the Dow Jones Index into a detailed text. The history of the stock market contains excellent information for children, though a clearer description of—or slightly more emphasis on—what shares of stock are, how they are allotted, bought and sold might be a helpful addition. An introduction summarizes what happened during the six-day period that came to be known as the "Crash" and explains that it marked the start of the Great Depression of the 1930s. Five chapters follow, discussing the economic and social history of the 1920s, fiscal policy during the "booming Twenties," growing alarm within the Federal Reserve Board over the amount of money being loaned to investors, the disastrous events of October 24-29, 1929, the Great Depression and the efforts of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to rescue the country from it. The book also includes a timeline, glossary and resources for further research. 2005, World Almanac Library, Ages 8 to 14.
—J. H. Diehl

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Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP
Publication date:
Landmark Events in American History Series
Product dimensions:
7.34(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.17(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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