The Dust Bowl: The Aspects Of The Great Depression

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The Great Depression definitely made everyone in America suffer, but many question who suffered more; the farmers in the Dust Bowl or the city dwellers, and that just depends on what aspect that you look at. The Dust Bowl farmers had a very rough time through the depression because they had no water, and they had no topsoil to even attempt planting a good crop. Although farmers elsewhere had issues because their crops were not selling for as much, they certainly did not have anywhere near the problems the Dust Bowl farmers did; they could at least make a little money off of it. The Dust Bowl farmers lost so much money, because many would buy and plant seeds expecting that the depression and drought could not possibly last another year. Especially …show more content…
Wheat crops also drown the nutrients especially if planted repeatedly year after year. Once the soil nutrients could no longer support the crops, the wind and drought took …show more content…
The Dust Bowl was bad, because their drought lasted for longer than the Depression did for the city dwellers, but personally I think it was worse for the city dwellers. The farmers could eat their animals, eat animal products like eggs, and can things from their orchards which lasted a little longer than the crops, whereas the city dwellers only source of food was shipped in, or through the soup kitchens. During the Depression most of the workers could not afford anything from the store to feed a family 3 meals a day. Most of the farmers moved out to attempt to find work after a few years of the drought, so they did not starve as long as the city dwellers even though theirs lasted longer. The farm dwellers also did not have to pay as much for heating their homes. In the city, you either paid your electric, paid for coal, or froze all winter long in your house. In the country, they could take the corn husks that some of the farmers grew to burn those. Many people in the city did not even have any way of attempting to warm themselves because they had lost their jobs, lost their ability to pay rent, and had been thrown to the curb. The Great Depression caused millions of people to become homeless, especially in the cities. It was worse for the cities because while the farmers could occasionally go hunting, the city dwellers had to dig through garbage to get food. Even though this still happens to date, I believe this makes life in the

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