Despite the similarities, Steinberg (page 135) suggests this older drought caused potentially greater human suffering. Unlike the Dust Bowl, it was a period of mass starvation and malnutrition, with the government not sending food aid unlike the precedent setting 1930s. While most people suffered through the Dust Bowl, staying on their lands (The Great Plow Up), the 1890s saw many people emigrating elsewhere and towns dropping by as much as three-quarters (Steinberg, 134).
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...on or mass culling of jackrabbits and later cattle to stabilize prices (The Great Plow Up). FDR 's New Deal unintentionally made society and especially farmers begin to rely on government in times of crisis. The Dust storms only got worse as the 1930s progressed. They were particularly demoralizing and frightening for many people but for the children the dust particles often lead breathing issues such as pneumonia. Women in particular were in a constant losing battle as the dust always came inside building and covered everything. In the garden which they needed to feed their family it was almost impossible to grow anything. Face coverings became a necessity to escape the blinding, unbreathable air found especially in the worst of storms. Depression both psychological and economic became commonplace, leading to many outstanding debts, foreclosures, and suicides.
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