Wall Street Crash of 1929

October 29, 1929

Five days after the October 24 crisis, on Black Tuesday—October 29, 1929—the stock market experienced the greatest crash in its history. As soon as the stock exchange's gong sounded, a mad rush to sell began. Trading volume soared to an unprecedented 16,410,030 shares and the average price of a share fell 12 percent. This dive came with the convergence of economic problems of production, income, and credit. The crash destroyed the fortunes of brokers and speculators and set off a long period of economic panic. It also marked the beginning of the Great Depression, which destroyed the economy and left millions of Americans unemployed.

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