The Dust Bowl delivered a crazy drought to the fields of the Great Plains and crushed the economy during the Great Depression. Massive dust clouds destroyed just about everything from crops, farms, and the lives and jobs of thousands of farmers. This resulted in even more economic despair during the Great Depression. The Dust Bowl happened in the 1930s in the Great Plains due to farmer’s poor cultivation techniques. Although the farmers cultivation options didn 't work, the federal government really helped them out with after five years went by.
The method of dry farming would’ve benefitted the farmers in need of crops but the failure to acknowledge the technique had devastated farmers from all around in arid lands. In conclusion, the dust bowl was a man made phenomenon. Arising from the Great Depression, an even bigger problem came around the corner. The Dust Bowl affected many farmers and settlements across the land of 100 million acres. The Dust Bowl became known as the “dirty thirties” and became known as the only acceptable US drought.
The Dust Bowl The Dust Bowl was a period of severe dust storms causing major ecological and agricultural damage to American and Canadian prairie lands from 1930 to 1936, however in some places it lasted until 1940. The Dust Bowl was caused by a severe drought also coupled with decades of extensive farming without crop rotation or other techniques to prevent erosion. Deep plowing of the top soil of the Great Plains had killed the natural grass that normally kept the soil in place and trapped moisture even during the period of droughts and high winds. During the drought of the 1930’s with no natural anchors to keep the soil into place it dried and turned to dust, and blew away eastward, and southward in large dark clouds. At times the clouds blackened the sky reaching all the way to the East Coast cities such as New York and Washington D.C.
“Many developed dust pneumonia from breathing in dust for too long”. (Disease during the Dust Bowl) For the people that did not move out of the area, the dust had a great impact on their health. Many people did not get enough to eat because the crops would not grow so they were malnourished. People got rickets, which is what happens when your diet is so unhealthy and you do not get enough Vitamin D. “People also got Valley Fever, which is fungus in the lungs”. (Bill Ganzel) The living conditions were absolutely horrible in the dust bowl.
However, crops and livestock prices declined after the war was over, and they plummeted when the stock market crashed in 1929. Economic problems were not the only problems farmers faced. They entered a decade of drought, never before experienced in America. What they did not lose in the economic collapse, they lost because of the drought and an environmental disaster, the Dust Bowl, a severe dust storm that damaged farmers’ land and property. Fortunately, when Roosevelt became president, he quickly implemented legislations
Not even the Depression was more devastating, economically” . 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
In sum, many Americans and migrant workers suffered immense poverty. Moreover, the great depression displaced the American family due to unemployment, poor weather conditions, and ineffective federal aid. Supporting a family is complicated as it is and with the great depression at its highest
The experience that the majority of urban and rural Americans shared together during the depression was a flat out lack of income. The differences were very few, but in the cities, the depression was more prominently visible because of a higher percentage of the population (Schultz 2014). Besides the lack of income and employment, most Americans underwent periods of time being extremely hungry. In the cities, people spent hours waiting in breadlines and were losing their homes to only end up living on the streets in communities referred to as "Hoovervilles" nicknamed after the president (Schultz 2014). In the country, families suffered because of unusual droughts of the 1930 's that caused crops to fail miserably meant the already indebted farmers commonly lost their properties.
Since the smelt were dying people were leaving, going miles and miles away for water and work. It was so hot that trees were dying. All of this dry land caused the Dust Bowl. The Dust bowl forced hundreds of thousands of people to relocate, devastating everyone. Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas all suffered through the experience of the Dust
The Black Death was three detrimental plagues that began in Mongolia, then swept across the Europe in the 1300’s, being the result of great famines that weakened Europe’s people. The plague was carried by fleas that were carried on rats, making colonists, and the poor more susceptible to the disease. It changed society by not only diminishing the population but also made the people skeptical of the Jews as if it was their doings. What made the plague so significant was how it wasn’t just amongst the poor; royalty, priests, armies, and the poor were all dying. Giovanni Boccaccio witnessed the plague from the city of Florence in Italy, and how it was a “deadly pestilence” (Plague, from the Decameron) He saw how the healthy completely deserted the infected and would live in houses only for the healthy.