The Great Depression is notorious period of American history. A formative time in 20th century America, it came about after the riotous exuberance of the roaring twenties and lasted nearly a decade. Learn more and engage students with Storyboard That!
Causes and Effects of The Great Depression The Dust Bowl in America
WHAT WAS THE DUST BOWL?
Where is the RAIN?!
WHO DID IT AFFECT?
WHERE DID IT TAKE PLACE?
The crops..they're RUINED!
The Dust Bowl was an environmental disaster that eradicated all arable topsoil from the largely agricultural Midwestern United States. Farming practices, along with severe drought, caused the Dust Bowl. About 60% of Dust Bowl victims lost their farms entirely.
The Dust Bowl mainly affected farmers in the Midwestern United States. Major agricultural states such as Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma were some of the hardest hit. Farmers in this region were ruined economically. Effects of the dust were even felt as far away as New England.
The Dust Bowl affected many regions of the United States. Farmers in the midwest and Great Plains experienced the worst loss. "Black Blizzards" ruined farms and farmers livelihoods, wreaking havoc on the already low priced farm products. From Texas to North Dakota, millions were affected.
WHY DOES THIS RELATE TO THE DEPRESSION?
THE DUST BOWL
WHEN DID THE DUST BOWL OCCUR?
The Dust Bowl had a major ripple effects on the Great Depression. Farmers already suffered from low farm prices and overall poverty. Post World War I, farmers saw a dramatic decrease in productivity. This, coupled with the major crop failures of the Dust Bowl, resulted in ruin for hundreds of thousands of farmers.
The Dust Bowl began in 1931, and wreaked havoc even through 1941. For a decade, farmers and farmland was ruined, and the industry was greatly hurt. It wouldn't be until the beginning of World War II, and the much needed rains of the early 1940s, that farms and farmers begin to recover.