Max Drucker October 18, 2017 Donald Worster Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s Topic: Donald Worster focuses on the events that lead up to the dust bowl, how it happens, what causes it to happen, the factors, and how it causes the push for farmers to move toward mechanization to achieve higher profits. He talks about the new deal created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s and how it effects the situation with the dust bowl. It is also talks about the living conditions of people during this time and high demand for these farming jobs.
Even though in the stories only two environmental phenomenon occurred, their impact on the citizens are comparable. Despite physical similarities, with citizens all covered in handkerchiefs and dense clouds. All characters were struck with a depression and hopelessness; for they all had to witness the erosion of the surroundings they were familiar with and did not have the power to do anything to fight back. In the story, Letter from the Dust Bowl, Caroline Henderson accurately describes the perspective of those farmers experiencing the Dust Bowl.
“The Dust Storm Black Sunday” elucidates descriptive importance and affects of the Dust Bowl in the early 20th century. The authors provide some insight into the concept of what is causing the disastrous dust storms, taking a serious approach to the realities of people exposing to the Dust. Families living in the south struggle to survive in a harsh condition; with limited resources and health problems, so much damage was done to the land that drought hit the area and there was nothing anyone could do to stop the disaster. After the drought ended by the 1940s a wide range of migration took place in the south that led people to migrate to California. This information led into deeper understanding and further knowledge about the Dust bowl and
The invasion of a person’s body can lead to fatal consequences . It was recorded that there were claims of greater incidence of pneumonia, asthma, influenza, and eye infections were reported during the Dust Bowl. It was believed that the dust was the home
Dust Bowl and Economics of the 1930s The Dust Bowl was a very desperate and troublesome time for America. The southwestern territories were in turmoil due to the arid effect of the drought causing no fertile soils. As the rest of America was being dragged along with the stock market crash and higher prices of wheat and crops since the producing areas couldn't produce. This was a streak of bad luck for the Americans as they were in a deep despair for a quite some time.
“If you were outside during a dust storm, you could be killed by suffocation”. Sometimes, the dust even came into the houses! “It was very dangerous during a dust storm, as buildings sometime collapsed and you could get hurt”. There weren 't many tall buildings in the area, but still, if you go splat by steel, then you 're dead for sure. “Many developed dust pneumonia from breathing in dust for too long”.
The Dust Bowl was arguably one of the hardest times in American history. This event mostly took place in the Midwest region in the 1930s. Indeed, the Dust Bowl was a frightening time period for most people, as described in Timothy Egan’s novel The Worst Hard Time, “ Did you see the color of that monster? Black as the inside of a dog.”
The Dust Bowl describes an area in the Great Plains that was devastated by drought during the Great Depression. The area stretched from western Arkansas to the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles to New Mexico, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota and Colorado and into Missouri. The term “dust bowl” originally meant a geographical area in the Great Plains but is now referred to the time setting for when the storms occurred. The storms came in three waves, 1934, 1936, and 1939-40. Some of the affected regions experienced drought-like conditions for period as long as eight years.
The frontiers of farming made the area more susceptible to soil erosion which blew dust that made people sick from dust pneumonia (Noel Sander).Illnesses would often last for a long time because there was no one there to treat the sick. Wind driven dust storms had appeared in a large number of counties in western Kansas and the. Dust storms had arisen in Oklahoma and Texas panhandles on several occasions between 1933 and 1935, each time filling the air with millions of tons of
The book The Worst Hard Time was written in three parts; “The Promise”, “Betrayal”, and “Blowup”. In the introduction of “The Promise: The Great Plowup” it takes the reader on a quick journey of the Southern Plains towns in the area that was affected by the dust bowl. A few survivors shared their stories about life during the tragedy. In this section the important topics are introduced; ethnic tension, soul-searching, shame, a path to redemption, and settlement problems. This section follows a few settlers who had to live in a place that gives nothing back.
“Everyone knows the henchmen of Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover told prairie ranchers it was safe to plow the prairie grass and turn their cattle ranch into a wheat farm. When the drought years arrived, they made the Red River Valley into the Dust Bowl.” “It’s always the Republicans. Isn’t it?” “They made an alliance with the Wall Street Banks,” John said and went on to explain that the banks planned to drive the family farmer into bankruptcy, reprocess their land and sell it to corporate farmers.
During the period of the dust bowl, dust storms would parade over the agriculture of many US prairies. The dust bowl was a man made phenomenon. The drought at the time didn’t help either. The dust bowl caused great havoc on farmers and all sorts of wildlife. Plant life wasn’t safe either.
For eight years dust blew in the Great Plains, it was one of the worst environmental disasters in American history. Due to drought, poor farming techniques, and massive dust storms, the Great Plains region (Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas) soon became to be known as the “Dust Bowl.” This environmental disaster happened in the 1930s, which helped it earn the name “Dirty Thirties.” The majority of the people in this region had come in search for land and money that would be produced from their newly found land. For Americans living through the Dust Bowl, the American Dream had been seriously undermined.
In 1932 dangerous dust storms arose through the towns. “ During this period, many people lost everything”(Pg 8). By 1935 thousands lost their farms to due to dust and had to move away. Luckily they were able to come back from there problem with the dust. By replanting millions of trees and learning how to farm in a proper way many people were able to strive in their towns there and not have any problems with dust since.
The Dust Bowl also known as the dirty thirties. It was a period of dust storms that tremendously damaged the ecology and agriculture places in the united states. The dust bowl took place in lots of states in the united states. Like Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, new Mexico and more. It started from the