Image of Soup line during Great Depression
American History

What Caused the Great Depression? Exploring the Smoot-Hawley Tariff

December 1, 2017

To see how economic mistakes can repeat time and again, you need look no further than recent history. The Great Depression was the result of a combination of protectionism, populism, and nationalism that combined with bad government policy to make a toxic brew that mired the U.S. and much of the world in an economic downturn for nearly a decade. These collapses demonstrate how easy it is to assume large-scale economic failures are isolated when in fact they are immersed in long-standing philosophies and can have immense global ramifications. […]