In 1929, the Stock Market crash occurred and became on of the causes of the Great Depression. This was a very hard time for the economy of Oklahoma.
Oh no! Look at the stocks! Their value is crashing down!
Dryland farming was al popular method of farming without irrigation. But Oklahoma's farm lands were hot with a drought and winds that would soon cause a natural and economic disaster: the Dust Bowl. This became an addition to Oklahoma's struggles
I've been dryland farming on this land for quite a while now, but we're in a drought and winds are coming to Oklahoma. I worry a dust storm is coming.
The Dust Bowl was a huge, deadly wall of wind and dust that swept through Oklahoma in the 1930's. It affected the people of Oklahoma, their economy, and their environment while adding to their current hardships.
This terrible Dust Bowl is destroying all the crops!
To try to help bring relief to all of these struggles, Leon C. Phillips pushed for a balanced budget amendment in the state constitution which would prevent the government from spending in excess of collected taxes.
This is a display of a balanced budget, an amendment in the state constitution.
Another important event that took place in this time was World War 2. It provided jobs for many Oklahomans at places called armories where weapons were stored and soldiers were trained.
This is one of Oklahomaś armories during World War 2.
During the war, the people who were not soldiers received new opportunities and were pulled out of the Great Depression. These people who were not fighting in the war were called civilians.