Topics: Great Plains, Rain, Dust Bowl Pages: 2 (713 words) Published: June 2, 2014

What Caused the Dust Bowl?
The Dust Bowl was much more than an abnormal weather occurrence of wind and rain; It was actually the lack of rain. In ways farmers were hit the hardest because they lost all of their crops and everything on their farms. The Dust Bowl caused a bunch of problems in many different small towns and farms. Some families had to decide whether to move on away from their homes caused by the Dust Bowl or to stay and try to revive everything they had. There was nothing left in their towns, but to some families there was still something there like all the memories. Some moved into different towns to find work and support themselves, but most stayed. The home is where the heart is. These are some of the many things that happened during the Dust Bowl, but what caused the Dust Bowl? The ecological economic phenomenon known as the Dust Bowl that occurred in the 1930’s on the southern plains of the U.S., devastated the wheat farmers and their families and was caused by human migration, weather patterns, and farming practices.

The Dust Bowl was caused because of the human migration to towns and farms. A severe drought in the 1890’s caused many farmers to move away from the Dust Bowl town and the federal government needed people to live there. In the Background Essay on “What Caused the Dust Bowl?” it says that there was a new Enlarged Homestead that was passed in 1909 that offered 320 acres to anyone that could stay for three years. Thousands of families took the federal government’s offer. More families moved in and small towns formed. The people all moved there because of the federal government’s offer. This caused the Dust Bowl because there were too many people moving in that could have been cleaner and the land was stressed.

The Dust Bowl was caused because of the weather patterns. In Document E John Wesley Powell, the great Western explorer determined that 20 inches of rain annually was the minimum for successful farming on the...
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