Intro The Dust bowl conveyed an enormous agrarian and monetary hit to the Great Plains and destroyed what was left of the United States Economy during the Great Depression. It continued for a decade, 1930 to 1939, and wrecked ranches and lives all over Texas, Oklahoma panhandles, Colorado, parts of New Mexico, Canada, and Kansas. Monstrous dust storms wrecked pretty much everything from harvests, overwhelming ranches, in such a way it crushed the income and careers of thousands of farmers. Cause In 1930, climate changes over the Pacific and Atlantic Seas altered. The Pacific became cooler than typical and the Atlantic ended up noticeably hotter.
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.
“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 fact the agricultural devastation helped to lengthen the Depression whose effects were felt worldwide. People were left homeless and hungry. It came in as a yellow brown dust that formed in the South and turned black going toward the North. It was hard to breathe, eat, and walk in this extremely crazy weather. People had to wear dust mask to keep their lungs from collecting the dust.
Dust and depression swept through America at an alarming rate. The devastation and poverty caused during this era will haunt this countries history forever. However, factual history is hard to attain for each historian, writer, or even photographer tells his or her own story. The terrible storms shook the nation to its foundation and sent thousands of people to new lands in search of work and a better life. The Dust Bowl, the migrations, and the search for true factual evidence will shape the accounts of this dark era.
The dust bowl was considered the “Worst hard time” in american history. The Dust Bowl was a big cloud of dust that took place during the 1930’s in the middle of the Great Depression. The dust bowl was located in the southern great plains as it affected states like Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. The three main causes of the Dust Bowl were drought (Doc E), amount of land being harvest (Doc D), and the death shortgrass prairie (Doc C). The first cause is the drought.
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
Notes: Tropical Cyclone Tracey caused an impact in economy of about 950 million dollars in. Also, Tropical Cyclone Tracey lead to a loss in population which dropped the people in jobs decimating local businesses. Tropical Cyclone Tracey destroyed over 9000 homes. Most of the buildings were not built to cyclone regulations despite they were in the cyclone belt. This would have cost them lots of money to rebuild everything again and would have taken a long time to regrow the environment to how it was before.
In the following quote from the Homestead strike reading is a reflection of what happened, “The Battle at Homestead will be remembered as an occasion where human greed and civil rights collided and neither one came out on top” The Homestead strike made the Industrial Revolution more harmful because it lost many lives that didn’t need to be lost. Carnegie company was one of the richest ever and it couldn’t afford to give poor men and women a small pay raise. Also, they created a horrible situation by sending in the Pinkertons to do their dirty work. The amazing thing is that Frick had a huge mansion ten miles away but he still had to starve families. In conclusion, the violent labor disputes made the industrial revolution more harmful and lost unnecessary
Imagine living in a period where there was pure dust. Well, in the 1930s there was an environmental disaster in the Midwest called the Dust Bowl. According to Jess C. Porter, “The dust bowl was a period of severe drought accompanied by high winds and high temperatures” (1). Even though the dust storm made the dust bowl worse, the dust bowl was a harsh period of time because the dust bowl caused poverty and it caused many Americans to migrate to California.
The Dust Bowl There’s a huge cloud coming only it 's not a cloud made of water, it 's a cloud of dust. When the Great Depression started in the 1930s there was a lot of economic problems, but during this time of crisis the Dust Bowl started. The dust bowl was a huge cloud of dust that destroyed parts of America. When the Dust Bowl hit it destroyed the agriculture and the dust storm affected the farmers living were the Dust Bowl hit and wherever the Dust Bowl hit, the farmer’s health was affected as well. When the Dust Bowl came it completely destroyed the agriculture due to the severe drought that had come before the actual storm arrived.
And it was overall a terrible event that occurred in Oklahoma. Oklahoma was so terribly destroyed, it was an awful tragedy. Other information in this book, for example: Billie Jo being poor is accurate because when the Dust Bowl hit, it took out most farms and farmers’ jobs. This means that Billie Jo’s father lost his job as a farmer. And with no job, then that means no income, which resulted in being poor.
“ The story highlights a very real and relatable experience about a family driven out of their home due to economic hardship and drought. Also known as “The Dirty Thirties,” the Dust Bowl was a period of severe dust storms causing major agricultural damage to the American west—especially the Oklahoma panhandle area, Kansas, and northern Texas. Farming methods at the time contributed to the severity of the problem. The arrival of farmers to the Great Plains created conditions for significant soil erosion during naturally occurring periods of cool sea surface water temperatures that regulate precipitation. “ http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/dustbowl/legacy/ 3.
The Dust Bowl was a terrible experience during a horrible time. In the 1930s post World War I America had a total collapse of the stock market causing the Great Depression affecting the economy on a global scale, but hitting hardest at home in the United States. However, the economy wasn’t the only thing that was hit hard during this time; seemingly unstoppable dust storms ravaged farming land from the west to east coast hitting hardest in the great plains in the middle section the the US became known as the Dust Bowl. The Dust Bowl was not entirely a causation of bad luck on nature, it was caused by an increasing demand for crops, advancements in farming technology, while the final nail in the coffin was a lack of rain. During World War I
Jessica Rogers Mrs.Zumwalt English 2 October 20,2015 What is the Great Depression and Civilian Conservation Corps As the dark overcast of the sandstorms continued to rage, and the lands lay fallow, people wondered if there would ever going to be any hope for their future. The dust still had not settled from the initial impact of the great depression, and the loss of jobs sent people into the furthest corners of the dark and dank streets. As an unfortunate result of the dust-storms and droughts, it caused a massive loss of multiple crops. Which sent the stock market into a downward spiral which essentially in turn caused it to hit rock bottom and fail. People were scared and many of them felt alone as the hard times just kept coming.