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The Great Depression
The period in American history from 1929 to 1941 is referred to as the Great Depression. It was a time when America's economy was not working. At its worst, 25% - one out of four people - were out of work. Some historians say the number of people out of work was closer to one out of three, since married women who lost jobs were not considered unemployed. Many banks failed and many farmers lost their farms.
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