The 1930’s were a tough time, especially for the farmers who lost theirs farms and for the many children who died from the dust. The Dust Bowl was caused by modern farming tools and the large number of unprepared and unprotected farms. It is said that "In 1931, dust from the seriously over-plowed and over-grazed prairie lands began to blow. And, it continued to blow for eight long, dry years. As the storms blew across the plains, it came in a yellowish-brown haze from the South and in rolling walls of black from the North.
People that lived in that area could not step outside or they would get dust in their lungs. Livestock could not breath or find food sources. Thousands of people lost their homes due to the storm. Changes in farming and agriculture in the early 1900s altered the landscape and soil creating the perfect environment for the Dust Bowl and impacted living conditions and economic policy. First, changes in farming and agriculture over the years led to the conditions that caused the Dust Bowl and impacted the Great Plains.
So, this made people die of hunger and lose weight. Some children left their families to go serve their country. The number of sick people increased because they got sick from tuberculosis or pneumonia and other diseases that spread from lack of food or medications. The people died from the disease or they committed suicide because they did not know what to do with their life because they were unemployed and living on the streets and were starving. The people that were living in the streets were now robbing stores and anything on the site that they could eat or use because they could not feed their family and did not have the money or a job.
Around five hundred thousand people went on it, and their calamities still be sensed. The people on the Oregon Trail faced the most hardships due to the weather, loss of resources, and diseases. To begin with, the people on the Oregon Trail faced the most difficulties because of the weather. First off, even the most common weather had drastic impacts on their journey. Including rain, which was difficult because, “there was no shelter on open plains and covered wagons leaked” (Lemke).
Droughts can also affect farmers, due to it being so hot that their plants die. Farmers lose money during droughts. The Robert Lee, Texas drought is the worst drought the town has suffered in 116 years. The ground had gotten so hard that at one point it caused the underground pipes to burst, sending the water up onto the streets. The mayor of the town realized what was happening when the reservoir started drying up, at a rapid
One of the reasons that most colonist died was that they didn’t have enough food and water to survive. They had to dig wells to look for water. They had streams with fish but they only had an abundance of them in the Summer and Spring. They needed more food gatherers and hunters to have more success. Also Jamestown had gigantic drought while they were there and with not enough water, there aren’t going to be very many crops for the colonist to eat.
For example, they didn’t have enough jobs, people killed each other for food and framers even lost their land that they had been working on for years. Because of these reasons, Japanese started to look for better and safer countries.
During the jamestown period, there was seldom food to be found anywhere, which led the colony to acquire aid from the Native Americans. The Jamestown population would then slowly decrease due to disease, famine, and attacks from Natives. The one tribulation however that destroyed jamestown, was “starving time.” This period of starvation swept jamestown in the winter, which led most colonists to die, abandon their settlements, and/or return to England. Climate and war were but two common ordeals the colonists had to face traveling to America. Servitude was often another demanding ordeal faced by migrants.
In the Dust Bowl states when this event was happening the farmer 's field where they planted crops got ruined. “They really needed water so they could start to live there normal lives again and to grow plants. So with all this the farmers were not able to get the water that they needed. Back then for the farmers it was a really big deal. So when the Dust Bowl happened the farmers had to farm which needed to be watered” (National Climate Data Center).
The Dust Bowl, beginning in the 1930s, added to the struggle of American farmers as lands out west in states such as Oklahoma and Kansas were over-plowed, causing the topsoil to become uprooted, creating massive dust storms. These dust storms left the land unusable to farm, displacing many Americans in the agricultural industry. Steinbeck’s The Harvest Gypsies displays the struggles these farmers faced when moving west to California, hoping to find some sort of work. Many displaced farmers lived in squatters’ camps, temporary dwellings for those looking for work. Steinbeck described these camps as having awful living conditions, saying that “From a distance it looks like a city dump, and well it may, for the city dumps are the sources for the material of which it is built.” In The Harvest Gypsies, Steinbeck also describes decreasing morale in the displaced farmers as he says “the dullness shows in the faces…and in addition there is a sullenness that makes them taciturn.” The difficulty of finding adequate work to support a family during the Dust Bowl was extremely high—and as the work was competitive, these farmers implicated the work ethic that began at the beginning of the 20th
For example, on page 134, it states “Oh the effects of it were real the rising prices, the shortages of everything, the news that so-and-so had been killed in some far away battle.” This means that everyone is affected no matter what. Most farmers need to buy some of their food, so the rising prices make it harder for them to make a living. Many people will lose their jobs and mostly everyone will be hungry all the time. Its even more unfair because these people don’t want to be in the war, but are feeling the effects of it anyways. On page 190, it says “I didn’t see how they could find Sam guilty, he’d fought for three years, he’d risked his life, how could they decide to punish him for something he hadn’t done?
(Apecsec.org) Due to the immense overcrowding, the land surrounding these factory farms cannot handle the amount of waste that the animals produce (Apecsec.org). The family farm has been nearly wiped out in the U.S. due to these types of operations. This is the reason why factory farming is bad.
Many kids lacked the several things they needed like protein, vitamins, and minerals. In some coal mining regions, the percentage of kids that were undernourished reached as high as 90%. This is incredible high compared to the numbers today. Several families also couldn’t get the clothes children needed so during the winter, many kids wouldn’t be warm because they didn’t have the right clothing. This was because several parents were unemployed so they could no longer provide for the family.
Because of the little money the farmers were making many were forced to leave and find work elsewhere. One-fourth of the people who lived in the Dust Bowl left the region. Many of them had skills beyond farming, and when they didn’t find work they suffered extreme poverty. (UXL Encyclopedia of Weather and Natural Disasters. Ed.