Here is a great article from an economist I have grown to respect. He puts the recent market events into perspective based on the current state of the economy. Read the whole article by clicking here.
For a visual history of Bull and Bear Markets, take a look at this chart by clicking here.
Here is a great chart that shows how major asset classes have performed since the financial meltdown a decade ago. See the chart by clicking here.
Dimensional Fund Advisors put together a good article about the recent market volatility. You can see the whole article by clicking here.