Great Depression, in United States history, the period between the stock market crash of October 29, 1929, and the outbreak of World War II. During this time, the United States experienced its most severe economic decline. Most other nations were similarly affected.
Railroads of the 1920s reflected a time of uncertainty in the industry at the time. Technology greatly improved train transportation, but the Great Depression brought about a bust in the industry. Learn more about the railroads of the 1920s.
The Chicago railroad fair celebrated the centennial of railroading's arrival in Chicago. The fair was a testimony to the place railroads held in the American lifestyle. Learn more about the Chicago railroad fair of 1934.