The Dust Bowl During The Great Plains Region

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The dust bowl was a devastating time in the United States history that occurred during the 1930s, caused by atypically high temperatures, perpetual drought and new farming methods. Vigorous winds disturbed the topsoil, resulting in overwhelming dust storms which destroyed an immense amount of farms, in upwards of 100,000. These storms devastated the source of income for the farmers affected. The dust bowl was located in the Great Plains region, which includes the states of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Northern Texas. Thousands of workers were faced with an impasse, become a laborer, doing mindless work for miniscule wages, or move away and search for better work. (San José State University) The people brought to these decisions that chose to move elsewhere usually migrated to California. These workers were promised more job opportunities and a better life. However, most of the time the work was present, however they were faced with abysmal living conditions. Sometimes, large families with young children were required to live in uninhabitable tents in the middle of nowhere. As an act to bring attention to the issues during these times, photographers documented their environments, and tried to summon transformation in the public. Among these photographers, one of the most famous, Dorothea Lange captured heart wrenching, and sometimes hopeful scenes of those who migrated to California. In this image, “18 year old mother from Oklahoma, now a California migrant”, taken by…
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