Famous First Bubbles: The Stock Market Crash of 1929
Prof. D. J. C. Smant of the Rotterdam School of Economics analyzes speculative bubbles, including the 1929 crash, with economic explanations and graphs.
Wall Street Crash Simulation Activity
Start with $1,000 and figure out if you need to buy or sell. This site, produced by an English schoolteacher, quickly demonstrates what happened in 1929, by making events affect your own (virtual) financial picture. (Note: you must pay to register.)
EconEdLink: New York Stock Exchange Made Easy
This site from the National Council on Economic Education provides teacher worksheets for tracking stocks and a multiple-choice quiz on the stock market with questions about terms and history.
NOVA: Trillion Dollar Bet
Learn about online trading and Wall Street terms, and play a “virtual market,” at this Web site from PBS’ acclaimed science series, NOVA.
Frontline: The Wall Street Fix
The PBS investigative program, Frontline, explores the challenges of restoring public trust in Wall Street today. The Web site provides interviews, analysis, and the opportunity to watch the entire program online.
American Experience: Gallery of American Nobelists in Economics
America has been a magnet for the world’s top economists. On this companion site to a PBS American Experience program about John Nash, meet 32 Nobel laureates who called the U.S. home, and learn about their pathbreaking work.
Dow Jones Index – Industrial Averages
This useful site presents a graph of the Dow Jones average from 1895 to the present and indicates world historical events.
NYSE Online Factbook
A comprehensive fact book from the New York Stock Exchange includes contemporary and historical market data, but may be a bit hard to understand if you aren’t fluent in Wall Street-speak.
Galbraith, John Kenneth. The Great Crash, 1929. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1997.
Gustin, Lawrence R. Billy Durant, Creator of General Motors. New York: Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1973.
Kindleberger, Charles. The World in Depression, 1929-1939. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986.
Klein, Maury. Rainbow’s End: The Crash of 1929. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Klingaman, William. 1929: The Year of the Great Crash. New York: Harper & Row, 1989.
Knapp, Paul. The Berengaria Exchange. New York: Dial Press, 1972.
Marx, Arthur. Life With Groucho. Fort Lee, New Jersey: Barricade Books, 1992.
Patterson, Robert T. The Great Boom and Panic, 1921-1929. Chicago: Henry Regnery Co., 1965.
Sarnoff, Paul. Jesse Livermore: Speculator-King. Greenville, South Carolina: Traders Press, 1985.
Shachtman, Tom. The Day America Crashed. New York: Putnam, 1979.
Sobel, Robert. The Great Bull Market: Wall Street in the 1920s. New York: Norton, 1968.
Sparling, Earl. The Mystery Men of Wall Street: the Power Behind the Market. New York: Greenberg, 1930.
Thomas, Dana Lee. The Plungers and the Peacocks: 170 Years of Wall Street. New York: Texere, 2001.
Thomas, Gordon, and Max Morgan-Witts. The Day the Bubble Burst: A Social History of the Wall Street Crash of 1929. New York: Doubleday: 1979.
Weisberger, Bernard. The Dream Maker: William C. Durant, Founder of General Motors. Boston: Little, Brown, 1979.
What happened when the lights went out in New York City on July 13, 1977?
Head of the most powerful family in America, billionaire John D. Rockefeller's vast philanthropy changed his family's reputation.
This funny, probing program re-examines assumptions about American culture in the 1950s.
Legendary bank robber John Dillinger garnered the admiration of many struggling Americans, but FBI took him down with a message: crime doesn't pay.
Originally settled as a mail stop, Las Vegas changed from an Old West vacation town, to a mafia haven, to the "Atomic City" and "Sin City."
The first man to fly across the Atlantic, Charles Lindbergh was unprepared for the attention, particularly after his son was kidnapped.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.
In September 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev made an unprecedented visit to America, creating a media circus as he traveled from coast to coast.