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The Dust bowl

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									Eric DeFreitas

                                           The Dust Bowl




       The Dust bowl was a big a part of The Great Depression even if it didn’t effect it directly.


The Dust Bowl mostly took place in Kansas. The Dust storms covered the crops. Farmer lost all

their crops and were forced them to leave their homes. The farmers lost all their money. They

couldn’t support their families. In the Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck says "Houses were shut

tight, and cloth wedged around doors and windows, but the dust came in so thinly that it could

not be seen in the air, and it settled like pollen on the chairs and tables, on the dishes (Steinbeck,

chapter 1)." This quote describes the Dust bowl perfectly. When Steinbeck talks about the

houses being shut tightly and have cloth wedged into the opening in the door shows how badly

the dust storms were.


       The lack of crops meant no food for the farmers and the people who depended on the

food from those farms. Even if all the crops weren’t destroyed they wouldn’t be able to get them

out. This also meant there would be no money in the farmer’s pockets. The bank was unable to

give anyone loans or any money at all because they didn’t even have it.


       Another quote from the Grapes of Wrath is "The bank is something more than men, I

tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it (Steinbeck, chapter 5)." This

quote show how bad the money situation was during the Great Depression. It tells how man

created a “monster” The bank would take the money. The People would get loans to pay for

thing they could not afford.

								
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