The Dust Bowl

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The Dust Bowl

Children ready for school with their dust masks and googles.

Overview of where the Dust Bowl happened.

Cities affected by the Dust Bowl and to what degree.

A farmer holding soil from his farm.

One of the most iconic pictures from the Dust Bowl taken by photographer Dorothea Lange.

Black Sunday storm in Kansas. It was the worst dust storm.

The Dust Bowl1931-1939

The Homestead Act of 1909 gave people ownership of land at a low cost. Later, in the early 1920s farmers and ranchers were hopeful of economic gain from salesmen telling them of winds slowing down and precipitation increasing. Farmers then aggressively used the land due to their misunderstandings of the environment. The Dust Bowl was later created by a drought in the states intersecting in OK, TX, KS, CO, and NM. It was a series of 4 droughts but it felt like one complete drought. When the winds blew, they had nothing to stop them as the soil lacked the stronger root system of grass. 2.5 million people around that area moved as the dust suffocated the livestock and children were being harmed. President Roosevelt later passed the Soil Conservation Act to assist farmers in planting in a more sustainable way. Farmers later planted grass and trees and by 1941 most of the land was rehabilitated. This event was important because it taught us to take care of our land thinking about future recuperations. However, in the 1950s the farmers again began to exploit the land and Congress had to step in. It is said that another Dust Bowl may happen.

News headlines pertaining to the Dust Bowl.

The "worst man-made ecological disaster in American history." "Epic of human pain and suffering." "Story of heroic perseverance."

A mother sweeping dust out from her home.

A home near a dust storm.

“One storm moves more dirt in a 24 hour period than in the entire 10 years of excavation of the Panama Canal.”

"By 1940, more than 2.5 million people had fled from the regions affected by the Dust Bowl. Nearly 10 percent moved to California."

"Unless something is done," a government report predicted, "the western plains will be as arid as the Arabian desert."

President FDR talking to a farmer and a boy.

Migrants waiting for their relief checks.

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