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1
The Dustbowl Days also know as The Dirty Thirties
  • 1930 1939 more or less

2
The Dream
  • Wheat was a treasure crop in the 1920s. With more
    and more farmers owning tractors and combines
    they were seeing greater yields and profits than
    ever before. As a result they planted more wheat,
    and still more wheat. They expected the world
    market to continue buying it up as they had in
    the first few years of rapid production. 1930 saw
    record wheat yields and profits. Things were
    looking good.

3
  • The Dust Bowl covered over five different states,
    Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and
    Texas. 

The Dust Bowl affected much of Kansas. The stars
line the perimeter of the Dust Bowl.
We are here
4
The Dust Bowl lasted about a decade (10 years)
5
  • The Dust Bowl was partially caused from the
    grasslands being farmed for wheat that didnt
    protect the ground from erosion.
  • The decade was full of extremes blizzards,
    tornadoes, floods, droughts, and dirt storms.

6
  • The land dried up really hard and dusty and
    hardly anything could be grown.
  • The most damage was caused from 1935-1938. 
  • Most storms occurred in the spring. 

7
The winds produced "dust drifts" so high that
they buried many things left outside
8
FACTS about this decade.
  • Population 123,188,000 in 48 states
  • Life Expectancy Males -58.1 Females - 61.6
  • Average salary 1,368
  • Unemployment rises to 25
  • Food Prices quart of milk - - 14
  • loaf of bread - - 9
  • Lynchings 21

9
Many people died because their lungs were badly
damaged or they got lost and were never seen
again.
10
As the land dried up, great clouds of dust and
sand, carried by the wind, covered everything and
led to the term "Dust Bowl."
Here is a picture of an abandoned farm.
11
During 1936, the number of dirt storms increased
and the temperature broke the 1934 record high by
soaring above 120 degrees.
12
1938 was the year of the "snuster". The snuster
was a mixture of dirt and snow reaching blizzard
proportions. The storm caused a tremendous amount
of damage and suffering
13
Black Sunday April 14, 1935. The dust storm that
turned day into night. Many believed the world
was coming to an end.
14
  • Men, women and children stayed in their houses
    and tied handkerchiefs over their noses and
    mouths. When they dared to leave, they added
    goggles to protect their eyes. Houses were shut
    tight, cloth was wedged in the cracks of the
    doors and windows but still the fine silt forced
    its way into buildings.

15
  • Many families had to move to California which
    made Los Angeles one of the most popular cities
    in America.  Over one million families moved and
    formed the largest migration in the history of
    America. 

16
The Lesson. . .
  • The Dust Bowl taught farmers new farming methods
    and techniques. The 1930's fostered a whole new
    era of soil conservation. Perhaps the most
    valuable lesson learned form the Dust Bowl - take
    care of the land.
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