Presentation on theme: "AKA “The Dirty Thirties”"— Presentation transcript:
1 AKA “The Dirty Thirties” 1930s Dust BowlAKA “The Dirty Thirties”
2 Pre-1930’s Farming Demand rose for wheat during WWI drove the prices for wheat crops to an all time highAt the end of the war, prices began to fallFarmers had to cultivate more land to compensate for falling prices (possible due to new technology)Larger supply of wheat on the market drove prices even lower
3 “Sodbusters”Sod: thick grasses with deep roots that protected the prairie from wind and rain erosionSodbusters broke the sod up for farming purposesAs a result, wind and soil erosion began to occur on the prairie
4 1930’s Weather Harsh blizzards winter 1930-1931 Below average rain Severe drought1934, 1935, and 1936 record years for drought
5 ErosionTop soil, now lacking sod to protect it from wind and rain, blew across the prairie.Blowing sand made breathing difficult.
6 “Black Blizzards”Dust rose in enormous black clouds, and became known as black blizzards
7 Lyrics from a Woody Guthrie song declared, “The storm was as black as tar and as big as an ocean. It looked like we was all done for.”