The Dust Bowl: Farming In The 1930s

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Hard Times’ ‘The Dirty 30s’ ‘The Great Depression’ (Ganzel n. pag.)This quote describes so much about 1930’s especially farming. Farming was hard because there was a really bad drought. Was out they rain no crops could grow. And the crops can't hold the soil together and not blow away. Which was really bad for the soil to blow away. Also the farmers didn't know that the equipment they were using would tear up the soil too much and it would blow away. The farming in the 1930s was bad because of the dust bowl and the price of everything was low.
Farm life of the 1930s was really hard for all the farmers. They did lots to get through the 1930s without starving. In York county they didn’t indoor bathrooms, light or, heat unlike the people who lived in the towns of the 1930s.(Reinhardt n. pag.) to feed there family’s many raised their own food like chicken which gave them eggs, cows which also gave them beef and milk to drink. They grew vegetables for there from there garden. (Reinhardt n. pag.)Which families didn’t do it alone they had help from there neighbors to help them along the way.
Neighbors helped people along the way. Neighbors were very important during this time because if someone got sick or an accident happened there was someone to help them with it. (Reinhardt n. pag.) For school programs, church dinners, or dances families and neighbors came together. (Reinhardt n. pag.)
There were many ways the people spent their time. They did lots of things like going to the movies, playing board games, or listening to the radio all for free.(Reinhardt n. pag.) in 1940 rain was better and the federal government programs had electricity going to the house to make life a lot easier (Reinhardt n. pag.)
Can’t talk about farming without the dust bowl. There are many causes of the dust bowl. “Beginning with World War I, American wheat harvests flowed like gold as demand boomed.” (Klein n. pag.). Also they thought “rain follows the plow,” so farmers used tractors, that where gas powered, to over plow and then over graze the farm land to make it worthless. (Klein n. pag.) “While “black blizzards” constantly menaced Plains states in the 1930s, a massive dust storm 2 miles high traveled 2,000 miles before hitting the East Coast on May 11, 1934.” (Klein n. pag.) The federal government in an attempt to stop it bought more than 10 million acres and converted them to grasslands. (Klein n. pag.)
There many dust bowl stories like “the grapes of wrath” which isn’t completely true because more than three Quarters of the farmers stayed where the where during the dust bowl. (Klein n. pag.). Which only 16000 out of the 1.2 million total of California migrants were from the drought region in the 1930s (Klein n. pag.)The refugees only moved to...

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