The Dust Bowl

1930's

What was the Dust Bowl?

The Dust Bowl was an area of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Northern Texas affected by severe soil erosion (caused by windstorms) in the early 1930s, which obliged many people to move.
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How did the Dust Bowl affect the people that were living there?

People were affected daily by the Dust Bowl. Children had to wear gas masks to and from school and people also hung blankets and sheets to avoid dirt coming into their homes. Drought and poor land made growing crops impossible. The Dust Bowl made daily life a lot more complicated because the dirt and dust ruined everything it came across.

Where did many people go to escape the effects of the Dust Bowl?

Three million people left there farms, half a million migrated to other states, and almost all of them migrated to the west side of America.
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Three Facts

  • Farm animals choked to death during the dust storms. Cars and buildings were even covered in dust.
  • Dust Storms called Black Rollers blew across the landscape. The dust storms could be 10,000 feet high.
  • The U.S. government put plans in place to save grasslands. They planted more grass and trees and restricted farming practices.

Summary

The Dust Bowl was a very hard time in life for the people in the 1930's. It made daily life activities harder and many people suffered. When the drought and dry, poor land was too much to handle people migrated West. They left their homes and farms which was really hard to do. In 1939, when the Dust Bowl ended with amounts of rain people finally reestablish life.