The Great American Dust Bowl

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Even a small thing like dust can affect an entire country or continent, especially if there are tons of it. The 1930s, better known as “the dirty thirties,” was a hard time for many people because of the Great American Dust Bowl. From 1934 to 1937 drought came and later dust struck the southern states and many other parts of America. The Great American Dust Bowl was one of the most catastrophic events in the world.
Even though the Dust Bowl lasted four years, it felt like it could have lasted for more than a decade. Drought was caused by the “Prolonged misuse of grasslands in parts of Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma [which] led to one of the greatest environmental disasters in American History” (Baughman 2). This affected
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Certain authorities like “The government did what it could [to prevent the Dust Bowl from affecting more people]” (Gerdes 94). This shows that the Dust Bowl was very severe, because the government could not even stop it. One of “The most important [organizations] was the 1933 Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA), which aided farmers such as the Hendersons with a variety of programs ranging from drought relief to agricultural price stabilization” (Henderson 138). Many people admired President Theodore Roosevelt, because he arranged a very helpful organization where thousands of people got assistance throughout the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. Price in the economy changed “By early 1936, their net income had risen by more that $3 billion, while the government had spent $1.5 billion on the program” (Baughman 2). The Dust Bowl resulted in a waste of money, because of the millions and millions of dollars that were spent trying to stop it. Things would change because “In theory, international trade [would] rebalance the food economy by restricting supply and demand at higher price levels” (Watkins 1). Many people kept trying to delay or stop the Dust Bowl, but in some cases it did not work …show more content…
Thousands of people lost their farms, houses, and businesses. The Dust Bowl spread throughout America, carrying tons of soil and dust to almost every state. Lands, especially in the south, were greatly affected by the dust, and it kept spreading throughout America. The government did what it could to delay these things from happening by starting organizations and paying millions of dollars for reconstruction, where many citizens were able to get help. Society, economy, agriculture, and towns were facing many hardships from the Dust Bowl. Times were so harsh, that people had to migrate to other states, like California or Utah, because they had family there and it was also a place that was not affected, so they could start a new

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