The Great American Dust Bowl by Don BrownA speck of dust is a tiny thing. In fact, five of them could fit into the period at the end of this sentence.
On a clear, warm Sunday, April 14, 1935, a wild wind whipped up millions upon millions of these specks of dust to form a duster—a savage storm—on Americas high southern plains.
The sky turned black, sand-filled winds scoured the paint off houses and cars, trains derailed, and electricity coursed through the air. Sand and dirt fell like snow—people got lost in the gloom and suffocated . . . and that was just the beginning.
Don Brown brings the Dirty Thirties to life with kinetic, highly saturated, and lively artwork in this graphic novel of one of Americas most catastrophic natural events: the Dust Bowl.
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The Dust Bowl was the name given to the drought-stricken Southern Plains region of the United States, which suffered severe dust storms during a dry period in the s. As high winds and choking dust swept the region from Texas to Nebraska, people and livestock were killed and crops failed across the entire region. The Dust Bowl intensified the crushing economic impacts of the Great Depression and drove many farming families on a desperate migration in search of work and better living conditions. The Dust Bowl was caused by several economic and agricultural factors, including federal land policies, changes in regional weather, farm economics and other cultural factors. After the Civil War , a series of federal land acts coaxed pioneers westward by incentivizing farming in the Great Plains. The Homestead Act of , which provided settlers with acres of public land, was followed by the Kinkaid Act of and the Enlarged Homestead Act of These acts led to a massive influx of new and inexperienced farmers across the Great Plains.
The decade long disaster was characterized and caused by a series of droughts, poor dry-land farming methods, lack of rainfall, over-cultivation , and poor soil conservation techniques that made it difficult to prevent wind erosion. The result of this saw millions of acres of farmland destroyed since the top soil was swept away and the crops destroyed. During the event, the top soil was blown away in huge clouds of dust at speeds as high as 60 miles an hour and reaching cities as far as Washington DC and New York from the affected areas in Oklahoma and Texas. Fact 1. The disaster was man-made. It was a money maker and always had a rising demand.
Definition and Summary of the Dust Bowl Summary and Definition: The Dust Bowl was a "decade-long disaster" and a series of droughts was one of the worst natural disaster in American history. The Dust Bowl disaster was caused by a series of devastating droughts in the s, poor soil conservation techniques and over-farming. The lack of rainfall and moisture in the air dried out the topsoil of the farming regions in the prairie states. Dust Storms and 'Black Blizzards began in that ripped up the topsoil sweeping thousands of tons of dirt across America. The Dust Bowl saw plagues of centipedes, spiders, crickets, and grasshoppers and people suffered from numerous health problems, notably dust pneumonia. President Hoover was slow to respond to the crisis but various relief programs and agencies were initiated in President Roosevelt's 'New Deal'. One of the important events during his presidency was the Dust Bowl.
The Dust Bowl had many causes and effects. Here are only a few of them. Main cause: Farmers over planted and overgrazed their land for decades. They also failed to plant drought resistant crops, so when the drops died out, there was no way to hold the topsoil in place. Great Depression: After years of bad practices, the Great Depression caused farmers to not be able to plant as many crops as usual. As such, many areas throughout the Plains were left barren even of protective grasses.