The Devastating Dust Bowl
The conditions in the dust bowl were horrific. People died, children suffered and could not attend school. The event occurred within the southern plains of America. It affected the five states of Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. The dust bowl was a very devastating time period for many Americans. The dust bowl affected Americans by lowering the quality of living of families, destroying property, and displacing families.
The time of the dust bowl could not have taken place during a worse time. Many Americans were still in depression and just starting to recover from it. The standard of living was beginning to improve for many Americans until the devastating Dust Bowl hit many families in the Great Plains region. The series of dust storms that made up the Dust Bowl put many Americans out of a job because the factories that many people worked at were buried from the sand and dirt. Families who could not afford to move to a different city or region were stuck in their extremely dirty homes. The dust coated everything and made homes constantly dirty. Many families struggled to eat because the dust had caused their animals to suffocate. In the times of the Great Depression families could not afford to purchase much food, and they often had to rely on their livestock. However, the dying livestock caused many families to struggle with much less food.
During the time period of The Dust Bowl a major drought was in occurrence. Even before the series of dust storms had started the Great Plains region was in the stage of a major drought. When wind storms had hit the overused fields the wind carried the dust into the cities covering everything in its way for about a decade. This left farmers hopeless for growing crops. Lake beds and ponds had dried up completely. The soil was dried up completely and left farm fields barren of any growth. Donald Worster, an author that lived and wrote during the dust bowl, said that the ground...