The Stock Market Crash By: Kenzie barber

My name is William Rogers, i was born and raised in Kentucky. All my life I had struggled but when i became an adult i decided to start my own ice cream business to make a living for my self. I have now had my business for 7 years, following a loving wife and one beautiful daughter.

I had always tried to lead a simple and positive life. My family is the most important thing to me and i would do anything for my two girls, no matter what they will always be taken care of.

Then disaster struck... On October 29th, 1929, The Stock Market Crashed. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 25 percent in the span of four days. It lost $30 billion in market value. That’s the equivalent of $396 billion today. It was more than the total cost of World War I. Black Tuesday hit Wall Street as investors traded some 16 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange in a single day. Billions of dollars were lost, wiping out thousands of investors. In the aftermath of Black Tuesday, America and the rest of the industrialized world spiraled downward into the Great Depression (1929-39), the deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialized world up to that time.

I went to find a new job, because we had lost everything. we starved a lot but i always made sure my wife and daughter had something to eat. it was so hard for me to see my family like this. I'm suppose to be her hero and give her anything she wants and needs.. now i can't be the dad I should be for her. I hate this for her so much. My wife understands everything but I hate that I can't be who she wants me to be because I can't take care of them the way I'm suppose to. But I finally found a job working in a factory making bread. So everything is okay for now.

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Created with images by onohoku - "Classic photo of a distress sale -- Great Depression $100 will buy this car" • wordcat57 - "Tom's Great Uncles and Grandfather Peter Springfield Mass. 1923"

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