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The economy is in fact over-expanded, particularly in railroad construction, and the weak link turns out to be the banking house of Jay Cooke and Company, which helped the U.S. Government finance the Civil War and also underwrote the construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Jay Cooke and Company, a large and respected banking house declares itself bankrupt, and announces its failure on September 18, 1873.. (The bank's collapse precipitates the "Panic of 1873" and the ensuing three yea depression during which more than 10,000 businesses fail.     The basic economic problems are overproduction, a declining market and deflation. Investors in Europe, where a depression is already underway, begin to call in American loans. The New York Stock Exchange closes its doors for 10 days; other businesses fail; and railroad construction is curtailed, with some railroads defaulting on their bonds. The unemployed begin to move about the country seeking jobs, and bread lines appear in the cities. The hard times drove numbers of laboring people and those in humble circumstances to the West and other portions of the country, to seek the rewards which the stagnation of business in the great commercial centre denied them.


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17
comment How effective is a shield component during the first round?
But considering that there is probably only a 50% or less chance from taking a hit on an exposed connector, is it really worth it to place a shield and batteries? That is if the meteor card is actually in the Adventure cards.
Sep
17
awarded  Convention
Sep
16
reviewed Reviewed Magic Sword: Peaceful Variation or is Punishment Possible?
Sep
16
reviewed Reviewed How can we stop the same person being the traitor each time?
Sep
16
reviewed Reviewed Is there a complete database of Pokémon data?
Sep
16
reviewed Reviewed In solo play, can you play one Special Action every round in addition to placing family?
Sep
16
reviewed Reviewed In Midway, how do I manage the “inferior” Japanese fleet on day 1?
Sep
16
reviewed Reviewed Can I discard a race or class card directly from my hand to avoid charity?
Sep
16
reviewed Reviewed Can I use Bad Toys on other people's babies?
Sep
16
reviewed Reviewed Is there much strategy and planning in 7-Wonders or is mostly luck?
Sep
16
reviewed Reviewed Should I shuffle the Zombicide zombie “deck”
Sep
16
reviewed Reviewed Where to play Go online?
Sep
16
reviewed Reviewed Where to play Go online?
Sep
16
reviewed Reviewed Can you use Trader to gain a Silver instead of a Farmland, but still get the buy side-effects of Farmland?
Sep
16
reviewed Approve When should you take a scholar early in “In The Year of the Dragon”?
Sep
13
reviewed Delete Warhammer 40K backstory
Sep
13
comment Warhammer 40K backstory
While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes.
Sep
13
revised What are Riggers and Contraptions in MTG and how do I assmble them? (Steamflogger boss question)
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revised What are Riggers and Contraptions in MTG and how do I assmble them? (Steamflogger boss question)
added 214 characters in body
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11
answered What are Riggers and Contraptions in MTG and how do I assmble them? (Steamflogger boss question)