Essay about Agricultural Disasters During The Great Depression

1085 Words Oct 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
In what once known as one of the most fertile areas of the United States, one of the Country’s most destructive agricultural disasters took place. Due to droughts and no rain, crops did not grow, leaving the soil exposed to the high winds that hit the area in the 1930s. Extending over a 150,000 square mile land and including parts of five states, Texas, Oklahoma, western Kansas, the eastern Colorado and New Mexico, the Dust Bowl was a period where more than 100 million acres of land of terrains were denied from ripe soil leaving only dry grounds and hills of dust all around. The Dust Bowl took place around the 1930s in the Great Plains due to the farmers over cultivating the land and causing soil to erode, heat waves, high winds and droughts. With the support of the government and learning proper techniques of farming were the farmers able to get back up to their feet. While the country was already under the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl made the ecological, economical and people’s agony worse. While the Great Depression did cause the economy to decline, the Dust Bowl also played a big role in weakening the country’s situation. Financial situation coupled with soil erosion, heat waves, high winds and droughts all contributed to the Dust Bowl.
As more and more settlers from different places came in the late nineteenth century, the southern Plains of the United States were largely grasslands, as well as grounds of many Native American tribes and of bison. The land was hardly…

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