Essay about Okies and the Hardships of the Dust Bowl

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The Dust Bowl was the name given to the Great Plains area in the 1930s. Much of the region was an agricultural area and relied on it for most of their economy. Combined with The Great Depression and the dust storms, farmers in the Great Plains area were severely hurt. These farmers were seeking opportunity elsewhere near the Pacific where they were mistreated by the others already there. The mistreatment is a form of disenfranchisement, by excluding and segregating a group of people from the rest of society. The disenfranchisement of the Oklahoma farmers during the 1930s was caused by a combination of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression which led to the farmers being forced to move west where they were mistreated because there were not …show more content…
What was once new life and opportunity for those moving west to farm the land became a barren wasteland that destroyed their dreams of the west (Boone 1).That covered their land in a thick layer of dust, soil, and even other crops from many other farms because of over-plowing and bad irrigation.
When The Great Depression came in 1929, it made the farmers’ situation much worse. The farmers’ crops, and livestock failed to grow and prosper, they could not earn any money. The Great Depression caused the farmers to lose even more money than they already were. When the farmers lost their money, they couldn’t afford many things including their houses. Because the banks were not being paid for the houses, they took them from the farmers. An expert explains their situation saying, “Even for those who wanted to stay, economic conditions forced many from their farms. Department of Agriculture records indicate that nearly two hundred out of every thousand farmers in the Midwest, Central South and Plains States lost their land to foreclosure between 1930-1935” (Boone 1).When the banks tried to salvage these farms, it wasn’t possible because they were covered with several feet of dirt. Also these banks tried to sell these farms but could not because they were not able to be salvage to farm or to even build. Many families packed their belongings that were left and moved westward, fleeing the Dust Bowl to find a better life

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