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samivel
46953.  Sat Jan 21, 2006 4:38 am Reply with quote

The Dust Bowl was a significant event in the Depression of 1930s America, centring on the southern Plains states of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The northern Plains was also affected, though not as severely.
The Dust Bowl was caused by years of sustained drought, exacerbated by poor agricultural methods. The clearing of buffalo herds from the Plains meant that the land was inadequately fertilized for decades, and deep ploughing for wheat crops allowed the topsoil to become loose, so that when the drought and the winds came, the soil was simply blown away.
The Dust Bowl has had a significant influence on American popular culture, from the Dustbowl Ballads of folk singer Woody Guthrie, to John Steinbeck's classic 1939 novel, The Grapes of Wrath, and the following year's film adaptation, directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda.

Sources:

The Oxford Dictionary of Geography, Susan Mayhew
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dustbowl/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust_bowl

 
mckeonj
46978.  Sat Jan 21, 2006 8:19 am Reply with quote

An earlier Dust Bowl is the Sahara Desert, once described as the largest man-made object on this planet, and still increasing.

 
samivel
48588.  Tue Jan 31, 2006 4:07 pm Reply with quote

Understanding The Grapes of Wrath

 

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