Dust Bowl Bt Donald Worster Essay

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Dust Bowl: Donald Worster The 1930s are a decade marked by devastation; the nation was in an economic crisis, millions of people were going hungry, and jobless. America was going through some dark times. But if you were living in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas (or any of those surrounding states) you had bigger things on your mind than being denied the money in your bank account. From 1935-1939 Winds and dust storms had left a good portion of our country desolate; however our author takes a slightly different, though no less valid, opinion on the matter. In his book Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s Donald Worster blames mans inappropriate interference with nature that allowed these massive storms of dust that happen. "My…show more content…
He wasn’t just referring to old farming practices; he meant how people use to appreciate the earth and all of the things she gave. He meant when farming was a reputable job and when what came from the earth was sacrosanct. Drought had caused the soil to become dry and loose by early 1930. This occurs mostly because the area most hurt by the Dust Bowl had once been grassland, in the early 1900s they had been converted into wheat lands because that was more lucrative. “…and the dust storms of the following decade revealed, a self-destructive culture, cutting away the ground from under people’s feet.” (Worster pg 44). In decades previous to that there had been a technology boom as far as farm equipment went. “…some observer blame the dust storm of the 1930s of the misuse of this single implement.” (Worster pg 91). Western farmers had used plows to kill the grass. Greed and this disruption of nature is what Worster sees as the primary cause of the Dust Bowl. We used the earth as a form of capitalism; worked it to make money for us and gave nothing back. (Similar to what caused the Great Depression.) He felt that as a nation we had deceived ourselves so we would feel vindicated for our actions, thereby alleviating any responsibility to fix what we broke. The Great Depression was in an

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