With the Crash of Oct. 24, 1929, the mood of the world turned dark.
The Gatsby years in America were over. Average people realized they had accumulated big debts buying their new cars and other technologies—debts they couldn’t pay when they lost their jobs. As breadlines formed and people lived in shantytowns, the government was desperate. They tried everything. But the harder they pushed, the more things fell apart.
But Germany fell harder. They asked: is this our destiny? To cycle forever through hyperinflation and illusions of prosperity? Is hunger our final destination?
As panic rose in Germany, they did something almost no one ever does: they held five national elections in a single year. Through it all, the Nazi and Communist Parties were shooting each other in the streets.
And meanwhile, 5,000 miles away, Japan had already started a catastrophic war.
This study guide lists the people, events, and topics students should take notes on. The study guide's key is "PART II. A Low, Dishonest Decade, 1929-1939 KEY."