Essay on The Great Depression : A Critical Economic Decline

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The Great Depression was a critical economic decline that took place from October 29, 1929-1939 and affected countries worldwide, two examples of these countries being the United States and Canada. Despite being affected similarly by the Great Depression, the United States and Canada went about solving their problems differently due to their leaders’ opposite perspectives; Canada’s Prime Minister, Richard Bedford Bennett, tried to respect the free enterprise system, by not allowing the government to involve, contrary, the United States’ President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, thought that the depression called for government intervention.
The Great Depression was detrimental to both the U.S. and Canada’s employment rates. During the Great Depression, the United States’ unemployment rate rose to about 25% and Canada’s to about 30%. Despite having a higher percentage, there were actually more people in the United States that were unemployed due to its greater population. However, the percentage of total population was still fairly close in number. Although both countries had the same issue, each one went about solving it differently.
Roosevelt created the New Deal that included policies to decrease unemployment rates. He created the Civilization Conservation Corps (CCC), Civil Works Administration (CWA), and Works Progress Administration (WPA); these organizations gave the unemployed the opportunity to work, whether it be federal jobs or various projects, together creating…

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