Life During The Dust Bowl

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he early 20th century was a period of social change and urbanization which followed by the Great Depression. The dust become a way of life. A dust bowl survivor described what daily life was like during the dust bowl: “ In the morning the dust hung like fog, and the sun was as red as ripe new blood. All day the dust sifted down from the sky, and the next day it sifted down. An even blanket covered the earth. It settled on the corn, piled up on the tops of the fence posts, piled up on the wires; it settled on roofs, blanketed the weeds and trees” [2]. Strong wind blowed all the time. The sky was cloudy and dusty. The sun hides between the thick layers of dust. Dust blown everywhere and covered everything including houses. Layer of dust piled…show more content…
Many people were not able to find a permanent job but instead working for temporary jobs that offer low wages. Some families were forced into refugee camp and barely passing with selling the few goods they still own. Selling used goods was not enough support families with many children. As a result, the vulnerable children died due to lack of nutrients [1]. This man-made famine was a massage from the environment. Within a decade, the farmer have been through the hopeful moments of prosperity and the hopeless times of hunger. Other migrating families kept traveling to find jobs. The leading historian of the Dust Bowl, Donald Worster, described it in the following way: “In no other instance was there greater or more sustained damage to the American land, and there have been few times when so much tragedy was visited on its inhabitants. Not even the Depression was more devastating, economically” [2]. Conclusion The dust bowl was of the most devastating environmental disaster in the US history. The drought and poor farming practice lead cause this tragedy. The dust transformed the landscape of the Great Plains and also transformed our relationship with the
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