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The Dust Bowl
Transcript of The Dust Bowl
Damage of the Dust Storm
Background Information on the Dust Bowl
What it is:
Worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the "Great Plow-Up," followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s that nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.
Madison Linkmeyer, Cameron Pauley, Andrew Trinca, Rebecca Wells
Health Effects of the Dust Bowl
What happened to workers, farms, families:
When prices fell even further, the "suitcase farmers" who had moved in for quick profits simply abandoned their fields.
Dust pneumonia was very problematic to those with asthma
Farmlands were ruined due to the lack of water
"Dust Bowl " Families heading West
Negative Effects of the Dust Bowl
Erosion and damaged crops
The Plain states could have became a dessert.
Many respiratory problems occurred in people in the Plain States.
35 million acres of farmland were ruined
100 million acres had blown away
Positive things that came out of the Dust Bowl:
President FDR enacted the first act of the New Deal
, or the Civil Conservation Corps
Three million young men volunteered
FDR's "Forest Army"
Work Progress Administration
Helped employ more than 8.5 million people to help build infrastructure across the United States
People used handkerchiefs to cover their mouths during a dust storm
Dust inevitably permeated throughout their bodies, especially their lungs
Millions died of a disease caused only by the dust bowl- Dust Pneumonia
Babies and the elderly were especially susceptible to it
"American Experience: TV's Most-watched History Series." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 03 Sept. 2013.
Steinbeck, John. "A Shattered Stock Market. Ruined Family Farms. They Only Had One Choice - Go West or Perish." N.p., Apr. 2001. Web. 03 Sept. 2013. <http://www.livebinders.com/media/get/NTY0MzUyMA==>.
Why is it important:
It paved the way for the CCC and the WPA
"Voices from the Dust Bowl: The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection, 1940-1941." Voices from the Dust Bowl: The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection, 1940-1941. N.p., 8 Jan. 1998. Web. 04 Sept. 2013. <http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/afctshtml/tshome.html>.
"American Experience: TV's Most-watched History Series." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 04 Sept. 2013. <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/dustbowl-mass-exodus-plains/>.
"Dust Bowl Page." Dust Bowl Page. Route 66 Home, n.d. Web. 01 Sept. 2013. <http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ug02/carney/dust.html>.
"Timeline of the Dust Bowl." American Experience. Public Broadcasting Service. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dustbowl/timeline/index.html
"A major Dust Bowl storm strikes." The History Channel. http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?id=4488&action=tdihArticleCategory