Dust in the Wind: The Dust Bowl of 1930
ABC-CLIO Database: American History
Time Period: Great Depression to the New Deal, 1920-1939
Topic: Farmers and the Dust Bowl
Process: Contextualize Events
Inquiry Question: What factors led to the Dust Bowl storms in the 1930s?
Objectives: By analyzing the natural and man-made conditions in the sources provided, students will contextualize the different factors that caused the Dust Bowl disaster of 1930.
What students will discover in the sources: The video "The Dust Bowl" discusses the geography and environmental conditions of the Great Plains, noting how a combination of factors caused the Dust Bowl—including techniques such as dry farming that combined with the environmental features of the area to erode the soil and create conditions for enormous dust storms. The reference entry "Dust Bowl" explains how farming practices in the 1920s led to the topsoil loss that played such a critical role in creating the Dust Bowl. The visual called "Farmers and the Dust Bowl" is a map showing the scale of the environmental disaster in the Great Plains region of the United States, highlighting areas affected by severe erosion. Together, these sources will help students understand how various factors combined to create the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
"Investigate: Dust in the Wind: The Dust Bowl of 1930." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2019, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/InvestigateOverview/2232293. Accessed 6 Dec. 2019.