By : Hania M. and JoAnthony
It came in a yellowish-brown haze from the South and in rolling walls of black from the North.
Children wore dust masks to and from school. People had to wear masks in order to breathe and not to inhale any dust/sand.
Life for almost a year
For eight years dust blew on the southern plains. It came in a yellowish-brown haze from the South and in rolling walls of black from the North.
1931- Severe drought hits the Midwestern and Southern Plains. As the crops die, the “black blizzards” begin. Dust from the over-plowed and over-grazed land begins to blow.
1939- In the fall, the rain comes, finally bringing an end to the drought. During the next few years, with the coming of World War II, the country is pulled out of the Depression and the plains once again become golden with wheat.
Leader of the movement
The leader during the dust bowl was President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The following speech is what President Roosevelt had to say about the Dust Bowl.
Performed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Recorded September 6, 1936
'My friends, I have been on a journey of husbandry. I went primarily to see at first hand conditions in the drought states; to see how effectively Federal and local authorities are taking care of pressing problems of relief and also how they are to work together to defend the people of this country against the effects of future droughts.
I saw drought devastation in nine states.
I talked with families who had lost their wheat crop, lost their corn crop, lost their livestock, lost the water in their well, lost their garden and come through to the end of the summer without one dollar of cash resources, facing a winter without feed or food -- facing a planting season without seed to put in the ground.
That was the extreme case, but there are thousands and thousands of families on western farms who share the same difficulties.'
The picure below is a father and son are slowed by a dust storm in their walk toward a shack.