In keith windschuttle s steinbeck s myth of the okies he argues and writes that the grapes of wrath is historically inaccurate either being grossly exaggerated or entirely false. Dust bowl section of the great plains of the united states where overcultivation and drought during the early 1930s resulted in the depletion of topsoil which was carried off in windblown dust storms that forced thousands of families to leave the region at the height of the great depression.
The infamous dust bowl of the 1930s which much of the central part of the nation simply turned to dust.
Dust bowl great depression definition. The drought and wind that hit in the early 1930 s left little grass and few trees on the land as well as nothing to hold the topsoil down. During the great depression a series of droughts combined with non sustainable agricultural practices led to devastating dust storms famine diseases and deaths related to breathing dust. The land that was once full of crops was no longer arable.
This land known as the dust bowl became unfit for farming as the once fertile soil and dirt turned to dust. Much of the nation s most fertile areas turned to dust and sand and hard baked soil in which virtually nothing would grow. The boom period of the 1920 s was a time of great.
Written by lynette boone university of oregon references. A derisive name for the camps of cardboard boxes where the homeless lived during the great depression named after herbert hoover. Dust bowl and the great depression.
Causes of the depression. The dust bowl was a period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the american and canadian prairies during the 1930s. The great depression left the.
Simply turned to dust is a little misleading. In the decade prior to the crash of 1929 the nation became polarized between rich and poor. This disaster was known as the dust bowl which witnessed massive clouds of dust and debris travel for miles and buried homes equipment and livestock.
The grapes of wrath is a novel set in the great depression and dust bowl era which has remained the definition of the era. The dust bowl discussion questions activities resources. This caused the largest migration in american history.
Severe drought and a failure to apply dryland farming methods to prevent the aeolian processes wind erosion caused the phenomenon. The dust even traveled as far as boston.