Confused about today's economy? How do things compare to what happened in 1929? Were any safeguards put in place then that prevent a repeat situation? Check out PBS' "The American Experience" website on "The Crash of 1929" at:
There you will find a the film, personal accounts of people who suffered through that hard time, photographs of the time period, etc.
The next time you're in the library, check out this book about the crash:
Six Days in October : The Stock Market Crash of 1929 by Karen Blumenthal.
And get a better grip on your finances with the following:
Better than a Lemonade Stand! : Small Business Ideas for Kids by Daryl Bernstein
Coping with Money by Richard S. and Mary Price Lee
Debt Information for Teens : Tips for a Successful Financial Life Including Facts about Money, Interest Rates, Loans, Credit Cards, Finance Charges, Predatory Lending Practices, Preventing and Resolving Debt-Related Problems, and More edited by Karen Bellenir.