In How to Read Literature like a Professor, Thomas Foster says “most works must engage with their own specific period in ways that can be called political” (122). A good example of a major work containing obvious political overtones is Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. In this novel focusing on a dispossessed family of Oklahoma farmers, Steinbeck criticizes the class prejudice against Dust Bowl migrants. He provides social commentary on the antagonism between Okies and Californians, while also condemning the large banks that forcibly takes the land from the farmers. The Grapes of Wrath is set in the mid-1930’s, during the Great Depression.
“With the gales came the dust. Sometimes it was so thick that it completely hid the sun. Visibility ranged from nothing to fifty feet, the former when the eyes were filled with dirt which could not be avoided, even with goggles ”( Richardson 59). The Dust Bowl was a huge dust storm in the 1930s that stretched from western Kansas to New Mexico. People that lived in that area could not step outside or they would get dust in their lungs.
In around 1930 Oklahoma,Texas,Kansas,New Mexico and Colorado were mostly dry grasslands. These states got hit by these black dust and dirt storms many times. People used wet towels to cover cracks in the houses like under doors and windows so the dust/dirt wouldn’t go into the houses. Farmers could only grow a few things like wheat and corn and they had cattle.
The dust bowl was one of the greatest agricultural disasters in American history. It directly impacted tens of thousands of farmers and indirectly affected millions across the nation. But what were the causes of the dust bowl; the policies and practices that allowed the disaster to develop? How did it affect the people, the environment, and the nation itself? And what changes to common practices and policies did it take to resolve the disaster?
The Dust Bowl was an agricultural devastation that deeply affected the nation in the 1930s. In the beginning of 1932, a drought struck the Midwestern and Southern Plains. This caused the soil in over-plowed and over-grazed lands to dry to dust and blow away. During this time, a lot of laws and projects were taken into consideration to provide relief and promote rehabilitation. The Emergency Relief Appropriation Act was approved on April 8th, 1935 for drought relief.
According to Adam Nagourney and Ian Lovett’s article in the New York Times on February 2014, the American Southwest has been suffering through the most severe drought experienced since almost 500 years, and is affecting farmers and agriculturalists everywhere. The article states that the drought is getting so bad, that state officials were getting ready to put emergency plans in place. The state officials that one action that would take place in the worst case would be that drinking water would have to be brought by truck, and wells would be drilled to get groundwater. Measures like these haven’t been even mentioned for many years. The drought has also dried many farm fields, and developed many pockets of smog.
1. Explain why Michael Pollan finds the questions “What am I eating? And where in the world did it come from?” so difficult to answer. Michael Pollan finds this question so difficult because all food is made up of other foods, mostly corn. On page 17, he states, "any food whose provenance is so complex or obscure that is requires expert help to ascertain."
Dust Bowl and Economics of the 1930s The Dust Bowl was a very desperate and troublesome time for America. The southwestern territories were in turmoil due to the arid effect of the drought causing no fertile soils. As the rest of America was being dragged along with the stock market crash and higher prices of wheat and crops since the producing areas couldn't produce. This was a streak of bad luck for the Americans as they were in a deep despair for a quite some time.
The 1930s was a defining decade in America's history it was a test of the nation's strength and resulted in many changes, both good and bad. One of the many challenges America faced was the disastrous dust storms in the southern Great Plains. In the years before the dust storms began, farmers cleared the land of the grass in order to plant wheat when the drought came the wheat failed, resulting the Dust Bowl ("Dust Bowl 1931-1939" 3). These storms caused the greatest migration in U.S. history, with about 2.5 million farmers and their families leaving the plains ("Dust Bowl 1931-1939" 3). The Dust Bowl was an enormous struggle that resulted in many economic and agricultural problems that were going to be extremely strenuous to fix.
This screenplay was written about a miner strike at the New Mexico zinc mine and the struggles that the workers and women faced as they fought for dignity and equality. React: If you wanted to get yourself in trouble with the government in the 1950’s. All you needed to do was compose a screenplay to recount the genuine story of the 1951 miner’s strike in Bayard, New Mexico. I bet that you could wager your bottom union dollar that the United States government did whatever it could in its never ending abuse of power to make sure the cinematic message would never see the general populations’ light of day.
The Dust Bowl of the 1930’s was the worst dust storm of them all and there’s many reasons why. First, when a dust storm happened it was very scary. The kid inside of the first paragraph was shouting to his parents that a dust storm was happening and he was showing his fear by his tone because he was yelling. Second, in a situation where a dust storm was happening the family put wet towels at the windows and doors to prevent sand from coming in but it was getting in anyways. Third, the dust storms were destroying the land, making the soil not suitable for farming, they ruined the economy and threatened lives of people.
The Dust Bowl started during 1930’s and it lasted at least a decade. In 1934 the Dust Bowl was announced the worsted drought of the of the 1930’s. The main area that was affected was the southern plains. The northern plains were still affected not as badly as the south.
The Dust Bowl was a tragic occurrence that lasted nine years throughout the 1930’s. A time when the farming industry was barren and people were poor. A time when millions lost their homes and were forced to move. The Dust Bowl ruined homes, families, and land. This is a time that will never be forgotten.