In the ranching regions, overgrazing also destroyed large areas of grassland. Gradually, the land was laid bare, and significant environmental damage began to occur. Among the natural elements, the strong winds of the region were particularly devastating. With the drought in 1930, the over farmed and overgrazed land began to blow away. Winds plowed across the plains, creating clouds of dust.
Ever heard of the Dust Bowl? “The Dust Bowl was a period of severe dust storms that really damaged the agriculture of the US and during the 1930s. The Dust Bowl was a severe drought that has started to ruin the agriculture. When this happened the states including Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico were affected” (Steinbeck). This act made many people who owned farms unemployed and they lost their farms and also there houses.
Some of the affected regions experienced drought-like conditions for period as long as eight years. Even though the dust storms originated in the Great Plains, the whole country was affected by the storms. The flat and expansive grasslands of the plains were ideal for farmers to convert to cropland. Small farmsteads were converted to multi acre farms with the introduction of
Grainier struggles through life with only some small victories, the most important being him obtaining a horse and wagon after his friend, Hank Pinkham, dies. Hank’s death is described in a way that is very dark and not very expected. Grainier and Hank are loading sacks of cornmeal on to the wagon. "They 'd only loaded the first two sacks, when Henry sloughed the third one from his shoulders onto the dirt floor of the barn and said, 'I am as dizzy as anything today ', sat on the pile of sacks,
During the Dust Bowl some people made the decision to stay at their farms. Huge drifts of dirt piled up on homesteaders’ doors, came in the cracks of windows and came down from the ceilings. Barnyards and pastures were buried in dirt. After about 850 million tons of topsoil was blown away in 1935 alone. The government responded to this by saying “Unless something is done, the western plains will be as arid as the Arabian desert.”
The foot and mouth crisis One of the worst crises in agriculture in the United Kingdom was caused by the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in 2001 caused a crisis in British agriculture. The depth of the crisis can be judged by the fact that there were no fewer than 2,000 cases of the disease and that over 10 million sheep and cattle were killed in the attempt to halt the disease. The disease primarily the countryside and took root in many regions with Cumbria the worst affected area of the country, with 843 cases. 1.There was also a profound effect on tourism industry due to the closure of public rights of way across land so as to prevent the spread the disease. Estimates vary as to the overall cost of the crisis to the UK economy, but it is thought that the final figure was in the region of £8 billion.
Have you ever imagined a world covered in a huge cloud of dust and soot - so much that you can’t even see your own hands? This is how the daily life in the Dust Bowl era felt when a giant cloud of dirt and dust rolled over an area of an affected plain state. For thousands of years, the Southern Plains were covered by shortgrass prairie. People looked to settle in the plain states in seek of better and less expensive land for farming. They ripped up a large portion of the land’s native crops and plants during the construction of housing and preparation of farmland.
The Dust Bowl and the Great Depression were two of the most influential times in the United States because it was something that could have been avoided. Due to overproduction, a stock market crash and a severe drought, Americans were forced to relocate from the west in order to find jobs, food and shelter for their families. Photos were taken of the time period to show a visual aspect of the dark time. In one of the photos, two children boys are sitting with their hands on their faces in a bored-like state. The image gives the audience a sense of anger, sadness and regret because of the expressions on the faces.
She makes it clear that her book was set in the 1930s, which was when the war began to brew. In addition to that, the Great Depression is also present during the book due to the lack of money and employment that was present in Maycomb. The final connection she makes is to the Scottsboro trial where similarly, the jurors were unfair to the defendant. Studying World War ll, the Great Depression, and the Scottsboro trial can help a read have a greater understanding of the events that
In that time, people acted and did things differently. The Dust Bowl and the Great Depression were occurring, which made the 1930s even worse. On account of desperation, people acted peculiar. Many people moved from states like Oklahoma and Kansas to California to get this better life because of the hard times they were going through. Some people even sold their, belongings and possessions just to get the money they needed for a long journey that
The mentality of some people would different too. Like in the 1930’s were was a devastating drought for a long period of time which a great affect on overall the Great Depression. This was a traumatic time in the south economically and environmentally. Today we are in a drought but we are looking for better ways to improving to how save water and to help out one another unlike back then. Like the South we also have government programs to help out
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
The human race has made mistakes trying to make life better, but must try to fix them like after the dust bowl and the recent smog in Delhi. Fields as far as the eye could see of long, lush grass with native Americans and bison enjoying life. The fields were amazing before the settlers came with the 6 foot tall prairie grass that had 9 feet tightly woven roots. Prairie grass could handle stampedes of bisons the boiling sun and the bone dry drought that that part of the country went through. Grass that could survive fire from lightning hadn’t been harmed until the early 1800’s Furthermore, ripping out one of the most sustainable plants would be a mistake worse than dropping a nuke.