I'm quite sure you already heard about the Great Depression, since it was one of the biggest in our history. Entire world felt the consequences of an economic downturn and the United States economy took a nosedive which lasted almost ten years. It all began with the speculation on Wall Street, where a massive crash took place. Panic spread quickly as the economic conditions got worse. Bank runs and layoffs were a common sight and they are the first topic in the series of Great Depression related pictures. To find out more information about the Great depression of 1929, click here. You can also watch a documentary on Youtube of the ordinary people stories during the crisis, first part covering the circumstances of the Great Depression and the second part showing the hardship and the American culture of the period.