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Dust Bowl

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Lydia Lenigan

on 11 February 2014

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Transcript of Dust Bowl

How the Dust Bowl Affected Farming
The Dust Bowl
The Mighty Dust Bowl
The dust bowl had many great facts and details about it
The Dust Bowl, caused by over farming, and a long drought created the dust storms in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. At the start of the dust bowl, american's had to cope with the lose of live stock, and crops that were blown away by the dust storms. People tried many ways in coping with the Dust Bowl. It turns out, the ones that remained in the dust, and persevered proved to be more beneficial than the ones who left.
Coping With The Dust Bowl
The dust bowl pulled up any plant in it's way. No plant could survive the massive dust storms, that pulled the plants out of the ground. The land was too dry.By the end of 1934, 35 million acres of farmland was ruined. Nearly 100 million acres of land had been blown away. Farmers lost money because of no production
New wave of farming
After the devastating Dust bowl many farmers were stumped on different ways of farming. Until the government came with revolutionizing ways of farming. A few were rotating crops meaning every time farmers would harvest their yearly crops they would grow a new type of crop in its place. Another way would be the machines used with the new way of farming new tractor's used to only dig the top layer of dirt instead of the lower layers which the new wave of tractor's did and in doing so dirt could rotate every now in then opening up new pockets of dirt releasing new nutrients and covering the top layer with new and ready to use dirt. These ways revolutionized farming helping farmers re-grow crops and boost productivity through out the Dust Bowl area, farmers are now on there way to a better future.
On Sunday, April 14, 1935, winds had reached a staggering 60 miles per hour. Also, the state of Nebraska usually gets 20 inches of rain but during the dust bowl that area got 14.5 inches in 1934. During the Dust Bowl, students were sent home from school to prevent "dust pneumonia." Sometimes, they were kept at school overnight when it became too dangerous to walk home. In one year during the Great Depression, its estimated that about 6.500 hobos were killed trying to hop to one freighter to another. A record shows that 14 dust storms were tracked in the Great Plains during 1932. Then in 1933. 38 storms took place.
Lydia Lenigan
http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/dustbowl/interactive/-New Wave of Farming
The Dust Bowl was a challenge for farmers in the south. Since the south was a rural area, movies weren't an option for farmers' enjoyment. To escape the Dust Bowl's devastation, people in the south would play instruments as entertainment. Other farmers went to the bar for a drink with saved up money as well. In some cases, people had to sell belongings for money when they were unemployed. As for physically dealing with the Dust Bowl, people patched up houses around the windows and putting rugs against doors just to stop the dust from entering the house. People also had to wear masks to block large amounts of dust from entering their mouth as seen in the second picture. Another way people coped with the dust is by sharing foods with neighbors. During this time, crops were difficult to grow so people would share each others things to get through the Dust Bowl. In the event of a family traveling down the road in a car, and a dust storm is coming, they would take the stranded for selter in their car.The Government was also a helping factor in coping. People would gather around the radio to hear what F.D.Roosevelt was doing to help ease the Great Depression. They gave out loans to support farmers when their crops didn't grow. They also gave suggestions to farmers on new farming techniques. However, it seemed to come late. 2.5 million people went west to California to look for jobs ( that were already taken). The ones that stayed reaped more benefits.
By: Sydney Weber
To The Dust Bowl
The Dust Bowl was a catastrophic event during The Great Depression. People were in deep poverty and needed money more than anything. With help from the government, people were able to come out of the Depression stronger than ever. People from the prairie lands had crops growing and the rain had finally returned. People could see a spotless sky again and move forward. People could go outside with out the fear of the dust choking them. People could then move out of the depression and "out of the dust".
"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on"

F.D. Roosevelt
Never again!
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