Ok History Great Depression

Ok History Great Depression

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  • The Great Depression was started when the stock market crashed in 1929. This caused a nationwide downward cycle.
  • A stock market crash is a sudden, steep drop in the prices of stocks. 
  • The Great depression hit especially hard in Oklahoma because of the dust bowl and the reliance on farming.
  • The Dust Bowl was an environmental crisis that was caused by drought and wind
  • The Dust Bowl could have been avoided if Oklahoma was not so reliant on farming and commodities.
  • Commodities are farm products bought and sold in commerce.
  • Many people relied on dryland farming to farm their land but, it was widely mistaken and caused more problems.
  • Dryland Farming is a popular but mistaken doctrine of how to farm prairie land without irrigation 
  • Many people wanted to move out of Oklahoma to get away from all the dust but they couldn't because they did not have to money.
  • But the people who were able to move out of Oklahoma typically moved to California and there they were coined the name "Okies"
  • President Roosevelt came up with the New Deal which eventually helped them out of the Great Depression
  • The New Deal is a program President Roosevelt came up with to pull the nation out of the Great Depression
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