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THE DUST BOWL

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Kelsie Rohde

on 10 April 2014

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Transcript of THE DUST BOWL

THE DUST BOWL
Region set up for ecological disaster
Millions of acres of natural grass cover was plowed to plant wheat
high grain prices during WWI and agricultural mechanization
THE DROUGHT
Eastern part of country in 1930
Moved toward west in 1931
Great Plains turned into desert by 1934
THE DUST BOWL
April 15,1935
Day after Black Sunday
Covered one-third of the Great Plains
100 million miles
500 miles by 300 miles
Included western 1/3 of Kansas, Southeastern Colorado, the Oklahoma Panhandle, northeastern New Mexico and northern 2/3 of the Texas Panhandle
THE DUST BOWL
Combination of drought and misuse of land
Wheat crops exhausted topsoil
Overgrazing stripped plains of cover
Land blew away in the wind when drought hit
THE DUST BOWL
People moved to California
Most from Oklahoma
Okies
Farmers defensive of outsiders criticism of farming methods
THE DUST BOWL
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