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by wesley sheffield


PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING!!!!! Although there was a HUGE success in the oil industry, economy was still dominated by agriculture - cotton in the north, livestock in the west and a growing citrus industry in the south. when the stock market crashed in 1929, many texans believed the states rural nature would insulate the region from the worst of the financial crisis. as the nations economy collapsed, it became clear that texas would suffer, too. across the state agriculture and the new industry of oil and lumber fell victim of the growing economic depression. the states economy was further crippled by the devastating effects of the dust bowl. in the second half of the 1930s, as the depression wore on, a major drought devastated the southern plains. The Texas Panhandle suffered greatly, as winds eroded the parched land and made life on farms and towns all but impossible. at times, the dust storms were so severe they blocked the sun for hours.

A new day, A new way of relief

New Deal programs offered some relief, putting people to work building parks, highways and public buildings and helping to improve agricultural practices. the legacy of these programs can be seen across today's texas. workers built bridges, dams, and roads. they planted trees to control erosion and promoted modern farming techniques. in state parks, Civilian Conservation Corps workers created new infrastructure - cabins at palo duro canyon, the indian lodge at fort davis, a reconstructed mission in goliad and rooms for visitors in balmorhea springs.
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