Dust during the Depression
As people ambled on during the Great Depression, in the Great Plains, havoc occurred when hundreds of tons of dust rose up and blew through the air. Today, we know this tragic event as the Dust Bowl. The Dust Bowl affected Central America because many people were forced to relocate due to the harsh conditions.
To start, the Dust Bowl was a series of dust storms that took place in the 1930’s. The storm lasted for about eight years and in that period of time, the storm made many families move, it destroyed the homes and crops of many people (Roop Peter). The Dust Bowl was caused by the over plowing of land and lack of water on farms in the Southern plains (About the Dust Bowl). Because of the rough winds, the loose topsoil was picked up and blown throughout the Great Plains. The winds were so incredibly strong that a trucks were blown to the side and the dust was so thick travelers got lost and could not see the road ahead (LeRoy Hankel) No matter what way the wind blew, the dust still came; there was dust from Kansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico (Roop Peter). Farmers had their tractors buried beneath dust and homes were half buried by dust (Roop Peter). Due to all the dust blowing around in the air, dust was in houses and in schools constantly. To breathe regularly without getting a mouthful of dust, children and adults had to cover their mouths with a cloth. To make matters worse, during mealtimes, tables were set up with the plates and cups upside-down to prevent too much dust from getting in their food (Roop Peter). These were harsh conditions to live in and not everyone chose to stay.
Therefore, many people moved during the Dust Bowl, to different counties, and even states. Often when they moved to different states, they were often known as Okies, because so many people tried to escape the dust, they were common (Farming in the 1930’s). About twenty thousand of these people moved to California where they were trying to fix the...
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