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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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