Students today are often given a skewed account of the Great Depression of 1929-1941 that condemns free-market capitalism as the cause of, and promotes government intervention as the solution to, the economic hardships of the era. In this essay based on a popular lecture, Mackinac Center for Public Policy President Lawrence Reed debunks the conventional view and traces the central role that poor government policy played in fostering this legendary catastrophe.
Listen to an interview discussing the ideas in the monograph "Great Myths of the Great Depression."
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Contents of the monograph Great Myths of the Great Depression
Phase I: The Business Cycle
Phase II: Disintegration of the World Economy
Phase III: The New Deal
Phase IV: The Wagner Act
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