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The Dust Bowl
The Dust Bowl, also known as the Dirty Thirties, was a dark (literally) time in America. People who were located in the states that were experiencing the Dust Bowl not only had to deal with the Great Depression, but on top of that they had to worry about huge dust storms destroying their farm. These huge storms dumped enormous amounts of dust on farms. The Dust Bowl was superimposed onto one of the greatest bank failures of America. But what is even harder to believe, is that the people of America brought this upon themselves. What? Yes. Keep reading to find out more.
The new ways of farming caused the
dirt to just blow away in the wind.
One of the theories of what caused the Dust Bowl was that people were testing out new ways to farm. The Dust Bowl occurred a little while after World War I. Because it was post-World War I, farmers were experimenting with different forms of mechanized farming. The farmers were trying to increase their income by plowing and developing more land. This caused the ground to be very dry, and as the wind picked up, bare patches of farmland would just blow away. As time progressed and farmers kept doing this, more and more dust was brought up into the atmosphere, which caused the huge storms of the Dust Bowl. That is how the Dust Bowl began.
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