The 1930s

  • Lack of Trade

    President Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act. Because of this new high tax on impored goods, which other countries had to pay, it turned trade away from the U.S.
  • Despite the Great Depression. . . . . . . . .

    Despite the Great Depression, the United States of America finally got its national anthem in March of 1931. The "Star Spangled Banner" was writen by Francis Scott Key. It was originally known as the poem "Defence of Fort M'Henry," which was writen by Key in 1814.
  • The Building

    The Empire State Building is completed and opened.
  • One of the first coporations of the Great Depresion

    To start up banks and businesses, the Reconstruction Finance Corporation was established.
  • The United State's New Hope

    FDR is elected president.
  • Inauguration Day

    FDR is inaugurated and gives the "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself," speech.
  • Another Act

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is established today.
  • Helping our elders

    The Social Security Act was passed by Congress today.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act is passed

    A national minimum wage of $0.25 is established today.
  • A netural state

    When Germany begins WWII, the United States declares a state of neutrality in the European war.