In this first episode, we see exactly how industrialisation, urbanisation and consumerism led to the stock market crash of 1929. We learn about Roosevelt's New Deal reforms, and listen in as FDR reassures Americans during a fireside chat. We discover how World War 2's wartime economy ended the Depression, initiating unprecedented economic growth and launching the U.S. into the global economy, rapidly making it the world's first superpower. With superb historical footage and resources, clear explanations and expert input, this is a comprehensive and challenging program with many relevant points to be made in today's world. A Disney Educational Production.