Dust Bowl In American History

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The worst man made ecological disaster in American history; The Dust Bowl. During The Great Depression, jobs, money, and food were scarce it forced the farmers to over work the soil because there was very little money and food them. So,they had to plant more crops to make ends met. But they did not realize that they were braking up the dirt creating the dust bowl. The first dust blizzard was in 1931.And there was also a drought in 1931-1939 that dried the area. It was said that it got up to 115°f. In 1939 during the fall rain came bring the end of the drought. And with the coming of world war two, pulling the country out of the great depression that made to plains golden with wheat once again. The natural weather blew the loose topsoil into…show more content…
And just slowly just came closer and closer. But in the beginning there was no sound but eventually we heard a sweeping sound a sort of accelerations the wind was picking up the earth closer and closer to us, you know. And it um as it got so close about a quarter of a mile or a half we all went in side. And that was the experience. That was the first really bad dust storm. That we remember.”.Earl V. Stager from Castro county Texas said it was completely black and it sent birds flying for safety, people and him as well feared the end of the…show more content…
In 1937 Roosevelt addressed the nation in his second inaugural address, stating, "I see one-third of the nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished. . .the test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." FDR 's Shelterbelt Project begins. The project called for large-scale planting of trees across the Great Plains, stretching through a 100-mile wide zone from Canada to northern T.X, to protect the land from erosion. Native trees, such as red cedar and green ash, were planted along fence rows separating properties, & the farmers were paid to plant & cultivate them. The project was estimated to cost 75 million dollars over a period of 12 years. When disputes arose over funding sources the project was considered to be a long-term strategy, and therefore ineligible for emergency relief funds,the FDR transferred the program to the WPA, where the project had
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