Although the 1929 stock market crash was one reason for the Great Depression, it was by no means the only one. During Prohibition, bootlegging made money for organized crime figures and even more respectable businessmen, but it did little for the national economy. For nearly a century, single-crop farming had ruined the soil and contributed to cycles of drought and flooding in America's farm belt. Finally, the unequal distribution of wealth and surpluses in business corporations meant that farmers and laborers were not able to purchase the goods being produced.

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