The Dust Bowl, also known as the Dirty Thirties, lasted for about a decade and was a period in time in which dirt clouds billowed over the Great Plains that afflicted over 75% of the country (Riney-Kehrberg 32). The Dust Bowl affected a section of the Great Plains that extended over to Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Northeastern New Mexico. The Dust Bowl was both a manmade and natural disaster that received its name from the "bowl-shaped" area it covered. In the 1930 's the United States suffered severe dust storms as high winds and asphyxiated dust swept the region until the early 1930 's. The Dust Bowl was the inevitable result of people intentionally exploiting the grasslands to its fullest extent (Richardson).
Once Hoover entered into office, he wanted to reform the nation's regulatory system. He also believed that the Federal Government should be hands on in the economy. The major issues which were looming in the US around the time of Herbert Hoover’s presidency was the Great Depression. Hoover never really had any opponents that were in his way because his reputation was so great and his appeal to southern white voters even succeeded in cracking the “Solid South” by winning multiple states in the election. Ten days after attending game five of the 1929 World Series, Black Thursday occured on October 24.
Economic involvements had a bigger impact on the great depression. The great depression was a time of need for the Americans. Due to the supplies and accessories shipped out during the war, America was low on supplies, money and control, and president Herbert Hoover did very little in an attempt to overcome this problem. Men and women were driven into what were called Hoovervilles, which was a collection of teepee huts gathered together to make a community. Just as the people thought they had hit rock bottom, a switch of presidents helped make all the difference.
There was a little boy John and his family was living through the Great depression. His mama and papa owned a farm in the valley. John and his sister Carrie had to go to school barefoot during the summer and only got to wear shoes during the winter because they couldn’t buy shoes for the summer because of how poor the Great Depression made them. So every time John and Carrie went to school in the summer they wouldn’t wear shoes and the ground would burn their feet because of how hot the cement would be from the weather. One school when John and Carrie got to school, they got “new” books.
The Great Depression in the United States spurred in 1929 and was the economic deterioration of the United States, where there was a high unemployment rate and many citizens were living in poor conditions.. It was caused because the stock markets and banks failed; and many companies went bankrupt. People were buying on margin so no one had any money to spend and when the stock market crashed, everyone lost their money and spurred the Great Depression. They could not invest in businesses and banks could not loan out money so businesses failed and the economy crashed. During this economic failure, president Herbert Hoover did little to nothing to improve the economic status of the United States.
The Dust Bowl took place in the 1930’s, which was also referred to as the “Dirty Thirties” lasted nearly a decade. During this time there were severe dust storms that caused major agriculture devastation primarily in the southern plains. Tens of thousands of families were forced to abandon their homes and farms, and relocated westward.
Walker Evans had his own view on the great depression, and used photography to express the hardships people then had to face. His photography expressed much paucity, impoverishment, and depression. When you examine these photos you see much paucity, they have minimal items, such as food and water. You can see that many are very skinny and unhealthy. During the 1930s many families endured impoverishment, they were often very dirty, they didn’t have clean clothes.
In the 1920’s, business was booming, normal people were gaining wealth and there was a revolution in the public’s view of women. These advances led the world to believe that life could only get better. When President Hoover was inaugurated he saw a bright future for the country. This belief was sadly only wishful thinking because the next decade experienced woe after woe due to the carelessness of the 1920’s. The Great Depression was caused by multiple issues and many problems arose because of it.
The most significant event in American history that brought tension among different groups particularly class groups was during the great depression. In 1929, when the stock market crashed and many banks closed for the people would be rushing to the banks to get their money out. Many middle class families became irate because everyone (the middle class and lower class) was for the most part money equal. There were several murders and suicide all over money. There were many letters wrote to the Roosevelts asking for help because you could not ask others for help for people’s pride was in the way or others did not have anything to give.
The Great Depression began in 1929, when stocks on the New York Stock Exchange lost half of their value. As stocks continued to fall, businesses began to fail and unemployment rose dramatically. Life savings were lost and banks had failed, leaving many Americans with nothing. All around people began to lose their jobs and homes. Forced to live on the streets and live in shacks.