The Dust Bowl Drought

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The Dust Bowl

"The Dust Bowl drought of the 1930s was one of the worst environmental disasters of the Twentieth Century anywhere in the world" (Cook). The Dust Bowl had a huge impact on the people of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and the rest of the great plains, and the families living there, including my family. My great grandmother was a teenager during the Dust Bowl, she would often share of her experience and what happened during that time. She told us so we would continue her legacy, and the stories of the Dust Bowl, and the sickness and the hardship of the farming families, and how America pulled out of this disaster. Because the government had sold all this land to farmers they were all planting and turning and working the …show more content…

Another big factor of the Dust Bowl was the drought. The National Drought Migration Center that is in Nebraska said: "Many crops were damaged by deficient rainfall, high temperatures, and high winds, as well as insect infestations and dust storms that accompanied these conditions" (University of Nebraska). Nebraska was hit hard by the dust storms and was and is still a big farming community, the drought feed the effects of the Dust Bowl hugely, with high temperatures, dying crops, insect problems and of course the giant dust storms. These things made it extremely hard to live there and to farm, this drove people out for the land looking for new work and frankly, a less dusty place. The drought made it hard to go to school, to make dinner, it made people sick and combined with the over plowing of the topsoil it made dust storms unforgettable to …show more content…

Even getting to school was a challenge, Lola Adams Crum recounts, "Well many days, we didn’t even have school." She was a teacher at a school in Dodge City. "And the janitor would go down the halls and sweep out the windows, off the windowsills every hour all day long. They would just get coated with dust again." She said in an interview with Brandon Case (Case). Surviving the Dust Bowl was hard, nature was literally against these people, between the wind the dust, the sickness. Many people left the plains and headed to the west coast for work. This left more land open and just sitting there, abandoned. The people of the plains were strong willed and often depended on government aide. Those who stayed were staying with

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