The Dust Bowl

By Tina Nguen, Aidan Mize, and Trason Sosa

The Bare Basics

"The Dust Bowl" was what they called the Great Plains region in the depression - filled 1930's America. This unfortunate title was granted due to a combination of little rainfall, light soil, and high winds. When drought wandered into the 150,000 square mile area, the dirt lacked the root system to prevent huge dust storms. This caused a huge drop in the farming industry due to the fact that topsoil was constantly blown away. In turn, many people who relied on farming were poor and hungry.
The Black Blizzard- A Video

A video depicting a wall of swirling black topsoil.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

At the time, the President of the United States was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. F.D.R was born on January 30th, 1882. He was born into a rich family, and was an only child. He went to Groton School for Boys in 1896. He went to Harvard after graduation, and became a part of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. He studied law at Columbia University. He died on April 12, 1945, of a brain hemorrhage.

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

This quote means that the only thing that we should be afraid of is fear. Fear causes mass hysteria and death.

Dan Moody

Dan J. Moody Jr. was born on June 1st, 1893. He went to Taylor High and graduated in 1910. In 1912, he attended TX U. He also served in WWI. He was elected the Governor of Texas for two terms. He died on May 22, 1966.

Economic Effects of the Dust Bowl

The droughts caused by the dust bowl were the main reason for economic release assistance. This assistance totaled roughly around $1 billion in 1930's money by the drought's end. In addition, the farming industry in the area was incapacitated, for obvious reasons.

Social Effects of the Dust Bowl

Many people throughout the affected area had incredible amounts of trouble doing basic tasks, such as traveling or anything in the general outside area.

Many people had little to no access to water.

Political Effects of the Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl forced both the gov. of TX and the U.S. President to address the public.


"Franklin D. Roosevelt." A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 05 May 2016. Staff. "Dust Bowl." A&E Television Networks, 01 Jan. 2009. Web. 05 May 2016.