It only lasted till 1879 not 1896:
From Wiki "The Panic of 1873 was a financial crisis which triggered a severe international economic depression in both Europe and the United States that lasted until 1879"
In most countries (Europe and US) it was well over by 1879 but some countries it lasted longer.
Makes you wonder with all the safeguards we have in place in the US tp alleviate the pain of this type of occurence why this current recession has lasted almost as long as the former and currently designated "Great Depression". When will the left ever learn that you don't buy your way out of a recession. Even FDR's secretary of the treasury (Henry Morgenthau) said that their spending tactics in order to buy them out of the depression didnt work and left the American people with a huge debt "to boot". The Obama administration is so arrogant to believe they can bypass the laws of economics to "fix" things.