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S: Dusted Webster

BC: To my dear Aunt Dodie and Uncle Thaine, who have inspired me to dig a little deeper into everything. I Love You.

FC: Dusted | Where and when did the Dust Bowl occur, and what caused it? By: Gabriella Webster Miller-7

1: Ranked among the worst natural disasters in world history, the Dust Bowl of 1935-1938 was responsible for the destruction of nearly 50,000,000 acres of land across the Great Plains. Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and our very own Texas faced the Dust Bowl, taking the lives of many in it's dry grasp.

2: As the Dust Bowl swept across the land, taking the Great Plains by storm (literally), many found themselves stuck in the middle of a natural disaster so fierce that the lives they once knew, tough enough after the Great Depression, were gone forever.

4: With agricultural demand and expansion at hand and the drought of 1931-1938 lingering overhead, the lethal combination of loose topsoil (plowing) and lack of plants to hold the soil in place was practically an invitation for disaster. This, combined with a continuous series of high winds, was responsible for the series of dust storms that drove 60% of the population from the region.

5: "Ranchers and farmers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, driven by the American agricultural ethos of expansion and a sense of autonomy from nature, aggressively exploited the land and set up the region for ecological disaster."-History.com

6: Spanning across farm land as far as the eye could see (without a cloud of dust in your way, that is), the Dust Bowl was responsible for the damage of crop and the lifestyle of every ranching and farming family there was. Their tales are told from their souls of a time when all hope seemed lost, one of those souls being my Great Great Aunt Dodie, who grew up right in the middle of it on her 1,000 acre family farm 30 miles north of Liberal,Kansas.

7: "I remember the 'Dirty Thirties' in southwest Kansas. I also remember 'Black Sunday', it turned dark as night about noon on a Sunday. My mother used to hang wet sheets at the bedroom windows at night to catch the dust so we could sleep."-Dode Plunk

8: Often coming in a series of storms, waves of dust rolled across the plains. From Black Blizzards of topsoil to red storms that coated the sky, the sediment involved was responsible for the damage of lungs, cars, houses, machines, and nearly every agricultural settlement. One of the largest of the dust storms took place in May 1934. 1935 alone had 40 storms of great size. Storms of various size followed.

9: On April 14, 1935, my Aunt Dodie recalls vividly the Sunday that made the world aware of the Dust Bowl. After coming home from church, the Chinn family (including my Aunt Dodie) sat down to enjoy a nice Sunday dinner, when a procession of pitch black clouds came rolling past her window. In a panic, the family rushed outside to investigate what they thought was a fire at the chicken coop, only to emerge in a swarm of black dust so thick, they were unable to see their own hands. That day went down in history as The Black Sunday.

10: This time, of dust and lost dreams, will forever be known and remembered and will remain in our history forever as a series of dust storms so powerful they turned day into night. This is...

11: The Dust Bowl.

12: Nelson, Cary. "About The Dust Bowl." About The Dust Bowl. Modern American Poetry. Web. 14 May 2012. . Johns, Chris. "What Caused the Dust Bowl?" HowStuffWorks. Getty Images. Web. 14 May 2012. . Quintana, Nicolas. "Dustbowl." Dustbowl. Web. 14 May 2012. . "Texas Parks and Wildlife." TPWD Item: Dust Storm Approaching Spearman, Texas, April 14, 1935. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Web. 14 May 2012. . USDA NRCS. "Home Page." Home Page. U.S. NABCI Committee. Web. 14 May 2012. . "One Word, One Rung, One Day." : Dust Bowl Daddy. Web. 14 May 2012. . Renner, Marion. "Dust Bowl Stories." Active Aging. Web. 14 May 2012. . Dust Bowl. Photograph. Www.weru.ksu.edu. Web. 14 May 2012. .

13: "Dust Bowl." History.com. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 1991. Web. 7 May 2012. Worster, Donald. "Dust Bowl." World Book 2002. 2002 ed. Vol. 5. Chicago: World Book, 2002. 391. Print. | Bibliography

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