The Great Depression and the Keynesian Revolution

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In 1932, President Herbert Hoover spoke enthusiastically about financial recovery while John Maynard Keynes expressed doubts. In 1936, Keynes published The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, developing a theory that later became the basis for public policy in Washington. Franklin Delano Roosevelt did not generally trust economists, but increased government spending during World War II proved Keynes’ theories correct. These stories discuss the ideas of J. M. Keynes and how the theory behind Keynesian Economics explained the Great Depression.

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