The 1930 - The 1930s Surviving the dust bowl Black...

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The 1930’s Surviving the dust bowl Black blizzards they were called, dark clouds reaching miles in the sky turning millions of dirt into tons of destruction. Dust storms engulfed whole towns, stinging, blinding dirt. Thousands would get sick due to mysterious illness. In 1931 there was no better place to be a farmer than the Southern plain. The rest of the nation was in the grip of great depression. Plain farmers turned unattained prairies into most prosperous regions in the country. Lawrence Fobaida had come from Nebraska’s corn belt to start his own farm in Kansas. He was one of those who believed that he found paradise. “Harvesting wheat was a thrill to me and the roll of the motors and the whine of the combine was like music to me.” “It was breath taking that hundred of acres of wheat were mine.”To me it was the most beautiful scene in all over the world.” At the turn of the century, when settlers gazed upon the southern plains it looked over a vast expanse of some shrubs and grasses. The land was green and blush and the soil so rich and an observer noted that it looked like chocolate with flowers. The newcomers did not realize that they were witnessing only a brief moment in an endless cycles of rain and drought. The boosters and promoters lured in farmers with the promise of heaven on earth. Pamela Kehrberg says that, “There were rail road companies and State putting out advertisements, encouraging people to think of this land as a bountiful land. The state of Kansas kept posters showing watermelons, the size of automobiles, grapes the size of bowling ball, corn that looked like you had to pick by going up the ladder and people were encouraged to belief that this was the garden of Ethan, if they only had the courage to go out and challenge the wand. Thousands of eager settlers took up the challenge, bringing farming techniques that worked well in the Northern East. Pound full of rains on mindful of wind they ploughed miles after miles of Virgin sad. When the outbreak of world war one, Washington wanted wheat, thus wheat went into the war. The race was on to turn each inch of the Southern plain into profit. Appearing like giant armored bugs, creeping along the horizon, tractors came into the fields in 1920’s. But the team of horses, a farmer could barely
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This note was uploaded on 06/01/2011 for the course HIST 164 taught by Professor Crimm during the Spring '08 term at Sam Houston State University.

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