Dust Bowl Summarya

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History 157 Movie Summary Surviving the Dust Bowl The film Surviving the Dust Bowl sequentially tells the story of people living in the late 1920’s through the late 1930’s, in the region where Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico meet. This area was very prosperous for years, as it turned out wheat by the ton. Because of the area’s success Americans were encouraged by the president and the government to move west and once they got there, to produce more and more wheat. The combination of the president’s wishes and the advances in technology resulted in the area being completely harvested in seemingly no time at all, just before the rain stopped. As the drought began in the summer of 1931, the intensity of the winds in the area began to pick up as it swept across the barren and dry land. This created huge dust storms which moved tons of dirt and ground miles away. As the film states, it took thousands of years to build an inch of top soil that was gone in just minutes. Over 100 million acres were turned into nothing,
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Unformatted text preview: leading to a reporter traveling through the region to dub it, the dust bowl. With nothing left, farmers were barely able to provide for their families, and relief was offered in the New Deal. Though the aid was there, it was often not used out of the pride the farmers hold. After years of dust storms shook the region, the worst storm yet came on April 14, 1935, a day often referred to as Black Sunday. A huge black cloud of dirt rolled in, accompanied by extremely high winds, engulfing everything in its path in a blanket of thick dirt. Not only were many homes destroyed, but the health of the people who survived the storm was diminishing. Many died from dust pneumonia. After many more years of harsh temperatures, no rain and continuing dust storms, the rains finally came at the end of the 1930s. With the rain came wheat growth, life, relief and finally a restored happiness among farmers in the dust bowl....
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