The Cause of the Dust Bowl and the Effect on Agriculture In the early 1930s, a severe drought struck the region, drying the upper layers of already extremely loose topsoil. Heavy windstorms declined, carrying the dust in thick black clouds. These black clouds were so dark that livestock were sometimes fooled into thinking that night had come. The dust collected in huge drifts, sometimes covering homes and farms, and once productive farmland became dry. Citizens of the affected regions started referring to their home as the “Dust Bowl,” and they quickly began to experience severe economic difficulties. The Depression economy had already caused serious problems for many farmers, and the need for workable crops led to tons of foreclosures by the banks. Conditions drove many groups of farmers to become migrant workers. The devastation of the dust bowl and the outcome it had is the major point in John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath. “Now the wind grew strong and hard and it worked at the rain crust in the corn fields. Little by little the sky was darkened by the mixing dust, and carried away. The wind grew stronger. The rain crust broke and the dust lifted up out of the fields and drove gray plumes into the air like sluggish smoke. The corn threshed the wind and made a dry, rushing sound. The finest dust did not settle back to earth now, but disappeared into the darkening sky.”(Steinbeck). It is set during the Great Depression and goes into what we call the dust bowl. The novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of sharecroppers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in financial and agricultural industries. Steinbeck moved through the joads story, he saw that the story alone didn’t capture the entire picture he wanted. He explained the background of the dust bowl, who could have ownership in California, and the highway that leads from Oklahoma to California. John Steinbeck wanted to get a better emotional
The Dust Bowl of the Southern Great Plains caused a lot of trauma to not only humans, but also animals. The dust bowl was a huge dust storm that covered states such as Kansas,Texas, western Oklahoma, eastern Colorado, and New Mexico. Things such as previous dust storms, poor land, and low precipitation. All of these resulted in one huge dust storm that killed many.
The Dust Bowl was not only one big dust storm out of nowhere; but it was a more severe storm from preceding storms. “And not once….
welcome to the Dust Bowl. During the 1880s, farmers fled to the Southern Great Plans after hearing word that it was great for planting wheat. However there was an awful drought in the 1890s, which caused some farmers to leave. Most stayed, though, because those who stayed for three years got 320 acres of land. Farmers were having great success with their wheat up until the 1930s. During the 1930s, drought killed all of the wheat, and farmers and their families were struck with horrible dust storms. These….
The Dust Bowl began on Thursday, April 18, 1935, it was a huge, black, cloud of dirt, piled up on the western horizon. This storm was enormous and deadly. The Dust Bowl affected Oklahoma, Texas, parts of Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. These states were vulnerable to the dust storm due to their lack of rainfall, light soil, and high winds. As a result, soil lacked the the strong roots of grass in order to stay in place, this made it easier for high, hectic winds to get a hold of the soil. Years….
Plains had to deal with both the Great Depression and 300 dust filled storms which ruined their homes and land. Giant dust and sandstorms hit the Western horizon which contained Texas, Oklahoma and touched sections of New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas. Many people were hit hard, but the farmers were hit the most hardest.This region attacked by violent dust storms was called the Dust Bowl. The main reasons for the cause of the Dust Bowl were the use of heavy machinery, geography and dry climate.….
Causes of the Dust Bowl
One of the most devastating environmental crises that occurred in the United States was the Dust Bowl. The Dust Bowl began shortly after the Great Depression began in 1929 and lasted throughout the 1930's. It affected everyone, farmers and consumers alike, in its path negatively. The Dust Bowl of the 1930's was caused by four major factors: drought, climate misconception, poor land management, and most importantly, wind erosion.
The first of the four major factors is drought….
will begin chattering nervously, and all of the sudden a huge black cloud of dust appears on the horizon, coming straight for you... This is an eyewitness account of J.R. Davison, a homestead owner in Oklahoma. But it didn’t only affect him, this is what everyone in Oklahoma, and the rest of the heartland experienced on April 14, 1935, better known as Black Sunday, the worst dust storm during the Dust Bowl. The Dust Bowl started when agriculturalists removed the majority of native grasses in order….
horrible. The biggest effects that caused these impacts on farmers was the Dust Bowl, their lose of money, and Discrimination.
During The Great Depression the Dust Bowl started and affected many of the rural poor people. Farmers were making an abundance of crops so they cut dawn all the trees to make even more. This did not help the farmers but destroy their farms. An abundance of top soil was pushed up and created a big black cloud started to head towards the farms and soon the Dust Bowl started. In the….
When the Dust Bowl happened it had effected a lot of farmers. The Dust Bowl destroyed all of their crops and land for the cattle to graze on. Many farmers struggled during the dust bowl mostly because they lost money, because their land was demolished by the chaotic dust storm, and this was also during the great depression. Which lead them to lose even more money. With destructive wind and dirt blowing everywhere it's kinda hard to grow crops and let the cattle graze without them dieing.
Imagine waking up each morning having to sweep up dust that blew into homes at night. Nearly starving from lack of food and water then going broke and living without a home with family's to care for. We'll that was life during the Dust Bowl having to face the Great Depression and loving in the Southern Plains.The Dust Bowl was a very unexpected tragedy that hit America in the 1930 lasting a whole decade. The dust bowl accrued mostly of high climates mixing with the broken down jet stream in Mexico….
Causes Of The Dirty Thirties
Up, up, and away! Dust is flying and blowing around in the sky like airplanes. It is the 1930’s and America is facing the sad times of the Great Depression. But the Great Depression is not the only problem the U.S. is facing. Banks were failing, businesses were closing, and workers were being fired. A big struggle was faced by farmers in the Southern Great Plains, and that was the Dust Bowl. The question at mind now is what caused this tragedy to hit us when we thought….