Topics: Dust Bowl, Great Depression, Great Plains Pages: 2 (302 words) Published: April 14, 2014
From your text and the materials, examine two causes for the "Great Depression" and then discuss two remedies to correct those deficiencies provided by FDR’s "New Deal". In your response, consider the role of government in the 1920s, the changing economic model, the impact of the "Great Depression" on American society, the significance (or lack of significance) of Unions, and the role of racism.

Although there were many causes for the Great Depression, I’m going to elaborate on the ‘Dirty Thirties’. Times were hard, 60% of Americans did NOT make enough money to support a family of four. Many people lost their homes due to not being able to pay their mortgage or rent. The Dirty Thirties made things worse. Every year from 1932 to 1939 almost 50 dust storms turned Oklahoma and western Kansas into a dust bowl. The ‘dirty thirties’ was created mostly by humans, although the wind did play a part. Humans caused it by stripping the land of its natural vegetation. One third of the great plains disappeared when the high winds came. Due to the winds, three and a half million people abandoned farms. Because of this dust bowl, many people migrated to other states and couldn’t find jobs. President Roosevelt’s economic strategy helped farmers from the dirty thirties stay above water. In an attempt to restore grasslands, the government purchased 4 million acres of land. The USDA formed a committee to determine the cause and ways to fix the drought. The committee also paid for research and established land policy revisions for farmers who used alternative tillage practices. The federal soil erosion service was created in 1933. This service paid farmers to take their high risk erodible land out of crop production.


"The Agricultural Impacts of the Dirty Thirties (Fall 2012)." Historpedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Apr. 2014.
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