Jennifer Ho Ms. Parthenakis/A1 Language Arts 11/Sentence Outline March 5, 2014 The Dirty Thirties The Dust Bowl also referred to as the Dirty Thirties; was a time where many people in the United States struggled through a difficult time caused by their own mistake of farming choice. For eight years, simple acts of life such as breathing, eating, and taking a walk were no longer easy to do. The Dust Bowl belongs on the list of the top three, four, or five environmental catastrophes in world history," according to historian Donald Worster of the University of Kansas. At first, things went the settlers' way. During World War I (1914-1918), there was a good amount of rain, and wheat prices were high.
It was also known as the “Dirty Thirties”. The Dust Bowl got its name from a report written by reporter Robert Geiger on April 15, 1935, after one of the worst dust storms that took place. The Dust Bowl lasted about a decade starting in 1931. In some places it carried on until the early 1940’s for areas such as: southwest Kansas, southern Colorado, part of Oklahoma, and Texas. The damage it had created was unexplainable.
392). Many lost their jobs and homes and farms, banks, and factories were shut down as well. The Great Depression was the turning point in American History. Although the Depression did create massive unemployment and the drought in the southern states that came not too far after it did destroy land, President Frederick D. Roosevelt came up with some plans to dig those people out of the hole they were in. The Depression was the onslaught to massive unemployment.
Most everyone has at least heard of the Great Depression that hit America by storm in the early twentieth century. Even though people are taught about the Great Depression, I personally think that a lot of people do not understand the severity that it caused and the livelihoods that it forever changed. The Great Depression, which lasted over a period of ten years, resulted in a lot of heartache for many nations worldwide (Fraser, 2010). As for the United States, the worst of the Great Depression harbored between 1929 through 1933 (Fraser, 2010). The Great Depression went down into history as being the worst traumatic economic moment for the United States (Paul Evans).
Dust was spread to Chicago, Boston, Manhattan, Philadelphia and Washington. Natural conditions contributed to the cause of the Dust Bowl. During the year of 1936, North America was dealt an extreme am... ... middle of paper ... ...t Bowl. Unfortunately the circumstances in the Great Plains all came to a head resulting in a horrific ten years for citizens of the Great Plains. The Dust Bowl caused government and people to look at farming practices and to evaluate their output.
This widespread state of poverty had serious social repercussions for the country. America’s agricultural economy had already been suffering for a decade when nature conspired against the country to exacerbate the Great Depression. From 1931 through 1939, severe winds tore through the Dust Bowl – the region composed of the western parts of Kansas and Oklahoma, parts of New Mexico and Colorado, and the Texas panhandle. These winds stirred up the dust of a landscape already devastated by draught and continuous, exhaustive farming practices. These dust storms threatened people’s health and destroyed whole crops (MAP).
The Dust Bowl was also known as the “Dirty Thirties” which took its toll (Dunn n. pag.). The decade from the Dust Bowl was filled with extreme conditions such as tornadoes, floods, droughts, and dirt storms. The Dust Bowl occurred in the midwestern states of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. Within these states the conditions affected many peoples lives.
The Great Depression severely impacted the land, people and economy Alongside the Crash of 1929 was the drought of the harsh Dust Bowl, which happened because “the soil lacked the stronger root system of grass as an anchor, so the winds easily picked up the loose topsoil and swirled it into dense dust clouds” (“Dust Bowl”). The Dust Bowl had spread throughout the Great Plains depriving farmers from their agriculture and forcing them to move west away from the deadly dust clouds. The Dust Bowl had “recurrent dust storms wreaked havoc, choking cattle and pasturelands and drove 60 percent of the population from the region”(“Dust
Group 9– Taylor Langford, Cody Stallings, Zane Fleming AGCM 3103 Ann Busby March 13, 2014 The History and Influence of Dust Bowl Journalism on American Culture The Dust Bowl of the 1930’s will forever go down as one of the biggest human made catastrophes to ever impact America. With the ever increasing drought, lack of rain, and over plowing of wheat ground, farming became more than a job, it turned into a killer. However, though photography, journalism, and song we were able to show others what can happened from agricultural mistakes and pave the way for future generations. This paper will discuss the Dust Bowl, how the government helped the cause by journalism, and what journalism did for agriculture then and now. The Dust Bowl occurred during the 1930’s lasting nearly a decade from 1931 to 1939 earning its infamous title the “Dirty Thirties.” The farmers of the great plains plowed their grassland very deep to maintain a wheat harvest, but unlike like previous years of adequate rain, the drought brought little to no water relief.
Imagine coming home from the beach, there is sand in your hair, in your toes, in your bags, and basically there is sand everywhere, the Dust Bowl was not a simple, fun day at the beach It was a terrible historical event that affected the lives of many people. Did you think dust could ruin a country as much as it did? In three waves, the Dust Bowl came across American and Canadian prairies, ruining agriculture in both countries for about ten years. The Dust Bowl was later called the Dirty Thirties and had been caused by a long drought that lasted for the next devastating 1930’s. The Dust Bowl, like I said before, was a ten year dust storm that had brought tragedy to the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and New Mexico(Dust Bowl).