comic strip dust bowl

comic strip dust bowl

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  • Meet the Roberts!
  • Oh no! What are we going to do now?
  • I guess we will have to cut down the price of our wheat.
  • How are we going to make any money?
  • The Roberts used to be a family of successful farmers living in Texas. During WW1 there was an increased demand for wheat, farmers were encouraged too plow up millions of acres of farmland to plant wheat to provide for the soldiers. The government made a contract with the farmers to buy their wheat.
  • Why is nothing growing?
  • But as WW1 ended the great depression began and the government pulled the Roberts contract.
  • Whatever you do don't open the door!
  • Why not?
  • Because we will get consumed by dust!
  • Where am I going to work?
  • The Roberts had an abundant amount of wheat but people were no longer buying it. So they began to sell their wheat for a much cheaper price therefore not making any money.
  • Im hungry!
  • Where will we live?
  • How will we afford food?
  • They tore up the wheat and quickly planted some tomatoes, but when the drought occurred it exposed over plowed farmland and soil lacking nutrients.
  • The wind picked up the eroding soil which created massive dust storms in Texas.
  • The Roberts moved to the city to get away from the dust but they didn't have enough money to live there. Jobs were hard to find in the city so they ended up living off of soup kitchens for a couple years. Mr. Roberts tried to find a job but no one had enough money to pay him. It was a rough couple of years for the Roberts.
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