"The Dust Bowl, also known as the Dirty Thirties, was a time of severe dust storms. The Dust Bowl grazed across the Midwest of the United States, destroying the ecology and agriculture of the United States and Canadian Prairies"1. The Midwest had been experiencing a severe drought when the wind started to collect any loose dry dirt building up gigantic dust clouds. The 1920 's were so prosperous with many new inventions and lifestyles being adapted. Farmers now had the aid of a tractor to help plow the fields faster and farther.2 Was the newly plowed dirt the cause of the Dust Bowl, historian, Professor R. Douglas Hurt seems to think so.
Professor R. Douglas Hurt is the Director of the Graduate Program in Agricultural History and Rural Studies at Iowa State University in Ames. Professor Hurt wrote the book, The Dust Bowl: An Agricultural and Social History, based on historical events and his opinion of the what caused the Dust...
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...believe that farming was not he cause, it was just a natural disaster. None of these studious historians have any hard cold proof to prove that their theories are the true reason the Dust Bowl occurred.
The Dust Bowl of the 1930 's was a devastating time in American History. Dust blew across the prairies suffocating everything that lived. For eight years, plants were sucked dry and left dead and houses were covered in dirt all around. The Dust Bowl affected several people and there was no explanation of why it was happening and why it wouldn 't stop. Has a historian finally figured it out? To this day there is no exact cause of the Dust Bowl. Each historian and scientist may have their opinion and theories, but they are just opinions and theories. Nobody will ever know the true reason of the Dust Bowl. The Dirty Thirty will always remain the mystery of the century.
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