The National Debt Over Time

By Rxbell
  • Revolutionary War

    Revolutionary War
    The Revolutionary War was the start of the national debt.
  • The Start to Borrowing Money

    The Start to Borrowing Money
    The Founding Fathers formed a group and borrowed from France and the Netherlands to help to pay for the war.
  • The Department of Finance Was Created

    The Department of Finance Was Created
    The Department of Finance was created to help organize the country's money.
  • Millions of Dollars

    Millions of Dollars
    The U.S debt totaled at about $43 million.
  • Congress and Taxes

    Congress and Taxes
    Congress was given the power to raise taxes.
  • The U.S Department of Treasury Was Created

    The U.S Department of Treasury Was Created
    The U.S Treasury Department was created to assist the country in borrowing money and managing the debt.
  • The Second Part of the Debt

    The Second Part of the Debt
    The national debt was at $64.8 million.
  • The Civil War

    The Civil War
    When the war started debt started to grow quickly. The financial cost of the war was estimated to be $5.2 billion.
  • The National Bank Act

    The National Bank Act
    This act created a national banking system which helped to loan money to the Government to help pay for the war.
  • The End of the War

    The End of the War
    By the end of the Civil War the debt was at about $2.6 billion dollar. That's 40 times more than it was 5 years before.
  • The Debt Went Down... A bit

    The Debt Went Down... A bit
    The debt of $2.6 billion dollars went down by $0.5 million dollars. Making it $2.1 billion dollars. This was due to the economic growth in America at that time.
  • We Need More Money

    We Need More Money
    The Government had to raise money in preparation for their recent joining of the World War. In order to do that they raised the taxes.
  • Liberty Bonds

    Liberty Bonds
    Liberty bonds was something the government created to help raise more money to pay for the war. Americans would buy the bonds then after they would be paid back with the value of their bonds plus interest.
  • The End of WWI

    The End of WWI
    The end of the war was great in many ways but bad for us financially. The government's debt was more than $25 billion.
  • A Time for Celebration

    A Time for Celebration
    While the economies in Europe were failing the economy in America was booming. We had a budget surplus. This caused the debt to go down to around $17 billion.
  • Short Lived Success

    Short Lived Success
    The economy that was once booming collapsed. This is when the Great Depression started. People started to lose their jobs, more and more became poor, stock markets crashed. Since no one could pay taxes the government debt started to rise again.
  • The New Deal

    The New Deal
    Franklin D. Roosevelt had a plan to help the government with it's debt. He called this plan the New Deal. This plan would give jobs to those who are unemployed. It also helped farmers to earn more money.
  • FDIC

    After the failure of banks throughout the country during the Great Depression Franklin D. Roosevelt made sure that people would get their money back if a bank ever did fail. It also insured banks up to $5,000. This was called the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Or FDIC.
  • 50% Increase on Debt

    50% Increase on Debt
    With the creation of the New Deal came more debt, since the programs within it were run by the Government. In 1933 the debt was at $22 billion then 3 years after that it grew 50%, leaving the debt at $33 billion.
  • We're Back In Debt Again

    We're Back In Debt Again
    At the end of the Great Depression the government't debt was at around $49 billion. As many as 13 million Americans lost their jobs to the Great Depression, meaning not a lot of people were there to pay taxes.
  • WWII

    WWII had just recently started and it was already expensive. America paid for its own military as well as lending money to Britain and other countries who were fighting. This cost us about $323 billion.
  • Borrowing Millions of Dollars

    Borrowing Millions of Dollars
    We needed help paying for the war so we took on more debt by borrowing about $211 billion. A lot of the debt was in the form of War Bonds which helped a lot. About 18% of the debt was funded by these War Bonds.
  • The End of WWII

    The End of WWII
    At the end of the second world war our debt was more than $258 billion.
  • The Debt is Still Large

    The Debt is Still Large
    The debt increased to $382.6 billion. This was due to the government improving education, helping the poor, providing better transportation, and to end racial discrimination. We also got involved in the Vietnam war.
  • Foreign Governments

    Foreign Governments
    Foreign governments at this time owned $28.5 billion of the national debt.
  • Even Higher

    Even Higher
    The debt reached $845 billion, this is partially due to the fact that receipts were failing to keep up with spending.
  • 3 Trillion

    3 Trillion
    The debt nearly reached $3 trillion. People also borrowed more from the banks.
  • 9/11

    After the terrorist attacks on 9/11 the economy stalled. Then the government started to spend more money on homeland security and the Iraq war causing the debt to rise even more.
  • More Money Spent

    More Money Spent
    The government spent more money on programs to help stimulate the economy. Although this did help it just caused the debt to rise even more.
  • We're In Debt Now

    We're In Debt Now
    The debt by now has reached up to more than $12 trillion.
  • Still In Debt

    Still In Debt
    We are now currently at $20.1 trillion in debt. It's still growing as of right now.