The Dust Bowl

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The Dust Bowl

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Roles of The Dust Bowl in the Great Depression

•During the early 1900’s, American farmers were reaping record-breaking crop cycles. •They were benefitting extremely before they began to overplant and poorly manage their crop rotations. •Between 1930 and 1936, when severe drought conditions prevailed across much of America’s Plains, “Dust Bowls” were created. •April 14, 1935, a day more commonly referred to as Black Sunday, an AP reported coined the termed Dust Bowl, as winds that day reached top speeds of 60 miles per hour. Soil turned to dust and large dark clouds could be seen across the horizon in the Midwest. The agricultural depression in the Midwest was a major factor in the Great Depression, as bank loans went corrupt, credit dried up, and banks closed across the country. Along with this economic depression, thousands of farmers in this region were forced to migrate west, and to look for work in urban areas. Consequently, there was more competition for jobs that were scarce to begin with, thus adding to the unemployment rates, the creation of more stress relief and benefit programs and a surge in amounts of social strife.

The Dust Bowl

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10 Things You Didn't Know About The Dust Bowl!1. One monster dust storm reached the Atlantic Ocean.2. The Dust Bowl was both a manmade and natural disaster.3. The ecosystem disruption unleashed plagues of jackrabbits and grasshoppers.4. Proposed solutions were truly out-of-the-box.5. A newspaper reporter gave the Dust Bowl its name.6. Dust storms crackled with powerful static electricity.7. The swirling dust proved deadly.8. The federal government paid farmers to plow under fields and butcher livestock.9. Most farm families did not flee the Dust Bowl.10. Few “Okies” were actually from Oklahoma.

References:http://www.history.com/topics/dust-bowlhttp://www.pbs.org/kenburns/dustbowl/http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/ presentations/timeline/depwwii/dustbowl/http://drought.unl.edu/DroughtBasics/DustBowl/EconomicsoftheDustBowl.aspxhttp://drought.unl.edu/DroughtBasics/DustBowl/TheGreatDepression.aspxhttp://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-dust-bowlhttp://thegreatdepressioncauses.com/dust-bowl/


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