The Dust Bowl

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1920's US Dust Bowl and the effect it had on the people.

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From 1930-1940, in the Great Plains of the USA, there was a massive drought.
And at the time most American farmers were Dry-land (wheat, ect) farming.
Both of these factors resulted in the destruction of the grass life on these prairies and therefore created many vast deserts of dust.
This then meant that crops couldn't grow and animals couldn't survive in these harsh conditions, this created a massive problem for farmers when they were already suffering badly from The Great Depression.
Because there was no work and the conditions were terrible (people had to go to sleep with wet cloths over their mouths) many of the Americans in these regions moved to places like California, in hope of a better life.
Impact on migrant workers= Not only did migrant workers loss their jobs on farms in these regions, but also because people were moving up to places (like California) the government started deporting illegal migrant workers, to make jobs for American citizens.
HELP= In 1932, as part of the New Deal, Workers Progress Administration (WPA) started to give relief to the Dust Bowl areas and it is estimated that by the end of the droughts $1 billion in funds was given in relief to these areas.
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