What You Didn’t Know About Black Tuesday And The Start Of The Great Depression

By Karen Harris
Bankrupt investor Walter Thornton tries to sell his luxury roadster for $100 cash on the streets of New York City following the 1929 stock market crash. (Getty Images)

You probably remember from high school history class that the Great Depression of the 1930s was caused by the 1929 stock market crash, but did you know that the stock market did not crash in a single, one-day explosion? It occurred over a four-day period, culminating with Black Tuesday, the single worst day in the history of the stock market. Here’s what you didn't know about Black Tuesday