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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