The tragic Dust Bowl!!!
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The tragic Dust Bowl!!!
People thought the world was coming to an end but turns out it was the dust bowl
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Dear My best friend in the whole wide world,

 

How are you doing? How is your family? Things here aren’t that great where I am. I really miss you guys. I feel like I am so helpless. I wish everything would go back to normal. I’m writing you this letter because I want you to know the things that have been happening here. As you know it is 1930 and things have been very dry in some areas. To get to the point your godchildren and I were in a huge disaster I didn’t know what was going to happen. It was this huge cloud of darkness coming towards our home and all I could thing was pray ask for forgiveness from the heart we are about to die. As I was doing that I kissed my children and spoke positive words to them telling them everything was going to be all right. As the big cloud of darkness got closer I turned to walk my children into the house. I told them to sit on the couch and lets pray together. They had no idea what was going on. While we prayed the room filled with darkness and everything got silent. I began to smell a weird funny smell something like I never smelled before. The children started to sneeze and nose started to run. Everything in my home started to get really dusty and that moment I just knew what was happening outside. I was the biggest dust storm ever. I told the children to get something to cover their face and try not to breath in the dust. I knew it a very hard task to do because dust was flying everywhere. There was just no way around it. After hours had passed the storm was still going on. We all needed to eat. I started thinking about what to cook but I knew it wouldn’t be anything major. It would very dusty in the kitchen and pots, bowls, pant, and spoons would be covered in dust. It would be very unsanitary to cook in a dusty kitchen and dust falling and mixing in your food. At that moment in thought I kind of gaged. After all that thinking I ended up fixing the kids a little quick snack. While I was watching them eat I was still wondering when was this entire going to be over? And how long all of this was going to last? This is a very stressful situation. I looked out the window, well at least I tried and everything was covered. I started to think about work daycare and my children getting to school. They can’t walk in this type of disaster and neither can. I was thinking when everything dies down people would come outside and we could all put our heads together and come up with a plan to clean the part of towns that were covered. I just couldn’t wait till everything was cleared up. As time passes my family and I just sat and waited, sat and waited, sat and waited, just till someone went outside and said something. After hours of sitting I than heard a voice outside. I got so excited and rushed to the window when I found a lady yelling for help because the dust was so strong. I opened my door and offered her to come into my home. She came in my home in a panic saying no one will survive if they go outside. I tried to calm her down and make her fill comfortable. Time has than passed and I began to see a change in the women’s breathing. It became shorter and heavier. I kept asking her was she all right and she would respond yes and kin of close her eyes. I didn’t want her to fall asleep because I was beginning to think the dust she was breathing in was affecting her. I was getting nervous as the women just laid on the couch she was beginning to drift away. I just watched as she began to really just stop breathing at all. I felt really bad for the women and I had much respect for her. It was a very sad thing to see and even tragic for my children to see. I covered the women with a blanket and left her alone. I just knew she wasn’t the only one that was suffering. All these people out here are being called okis and you know that’s not right. I’m really writing this letter saying this is just a biiiig disaster and put us in your prayers. This to shale pass. I am a very strong women and im looking to get my family out of this soon. I have to go now dust is covering the paper. If the paper is looking dirty you know why. Ill contact you with another letter soon. Love you lots.

 

                                                                                    Love Your Best Friend  

 

 

 

 

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Nathan Cushenbery-Andrews's comment, February 7, 2013 2:32 PM
Good letter but you forgot to mention 10 other topics.
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dust bowl newspaper - (primary Document #1)

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Tyler Mansaw's insight:

The Dust Bowl was a tragic dust storm. People were going out of their minds. A lot of people didnt know what was going on because the dust was rolling in dark. There were many articals over the Dust Bowl. This was a subject for years. There are still many dry areas around these areas the Dust Bowl happend in.

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dust bowl newspaper - Google Search (Primary Document #2)

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Many people were suffering from this dust disaster. People were praying for it to rain because it was just so dry. There was nothing the people could do about it not raining so it caused them to have to face the trouble.

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Dust Bowl Verses Today (Todays Dust Bowl #1)

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In todays economy the dust bowl can really happen. It has been so dry in many areas. We werent getting as much rain as we needed causing our crops to not get what they were needing.

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Tyler Mansaw's curator insight, January 25, 2013 11:12 AM

Many people are comparing the Dust Bowl to 2008 because it was extremely dry. 

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Does the Dust Bowl stack up to today's disasters? (Todays Dust Bowl #2)

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'The Dust Bowl belongs on the list of the top three, four, or five environmental catastrophes in world history,' according to historian Donald Worster of the University of Kansas.
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Tyler Mansaw's curator insight, January 25, 2013 11:10 AM

there is a drought today. ourd lads are so dry. We most likely lost billions of dollars in crop this is what they are comparing to the Dust Bowl.

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About The Dust Bowl (Historic #3)

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The Dust Bowl lasted for eight years. Many people got sick from breathing in the dust because it was getting in their lungs. At this point in time dust was doing what it wanted to causing it to live in peoples houses.

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Tyler Mansaw's curator insight, January 25, 2013 10:59 AM

For eight years dust blew on the southern plains, It was a huge disaster.

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Vocabulary

Dust Bowl-an area of land where vegetation has been lost and soil reduced to dust and eroded, esp. as a consequence of drought or unsuitable farmingpractice.

*THe Dust Bowl happend in tghe 1930s and lasted 8 years.


crop-a cultivated plant that is grown as food, esp. a grain, fruit, or vegetable

*the main crops were oats and barley.


Wrath-extreme anger (chiefly used for humorous or rhetorical effect)

* he hid hispipe for fear of incurring his father's wrath.


Agricultural-of or relating to agriculture

* agricultural land | an agricultural worker.


Drought-a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall; a shortage of water resulting from this.

*he ended a five-game hitting drought.


Disaterious-causing great damage

*a disastrous fire swept through the museum.


swaths-a broad strip or area of something 

*vast swaths of countryside


gouged- make (a groove, hole, or indentation) with oras if with a gouge 

*the channel had been gouged out by the ebbing water.


essentially-used to emphasize the basic, fundamental, or intrinsic nature of a person, thing, or situation 

*essentially, they are amateurs.


incentives-a thing that motivates or encourages one to do something 

*there is no incentive for customers to conserve water.

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(primary document #3)

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The places where the Dust Bowl happend (Cali, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas). In the places that it happend at after the fact people still were finding dust in places. The dust bowl was nothing that needed to be handled lightly it was very dangerous and deadly. People need to realize people were dying and really couldnt leave thered homes. 

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Dust Bowl - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Historic #1)

The Dust Bowl, or the Dirty Thirties, was a period of severe dust storms causing major ecological and agricultural damage to American and Canadian prairie lands in the 1930s, particularly in 1934 and 1936. The phenomenon was caused by severe drought combined with farming methods that did not include crop rotation, fallow fields, cover crops, soil terracing and wind-breaking trees to prevent wind erosion.[1] Extensive deep plowing of the virgin topsoil of the Great Plains in the preceding decade had displaced the natural deep-rooted grasses that normally kept the soil in place and trapped moisture even during periods of drought and high winds. Rapid mechanization of farm implements, especially small gasoline tractors and widespread use of the harvester-combine were significant in the decisions to convert grassland (much of which received no more than 10 inches (250 mm) of precipitation per year) to cultivated cropland.

During the drought of the 1930s, without natural anchors to keep the soil in place, it dried, turned to dust, and blew away with the prevailing winds. At times, the clouds blackened the sky, reaching all the way to East Coast cities such as New York and Washington, D.C. Much of the soil ended up deposited in the Atlantic Ocean, carried by prevailing winds. These immense dust storms—given names such as "black blizzards" and "black rollers"—often reduced visibility to a few feet (a meter) or less. The Dust Bowl affected 100,000,000 acres (400,000 km2), centered on the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, and adjacent parts of New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas.[2]

Millions of acres of farmland were damaged, and hundreds of thousands of people were forced to leave their homes; many of these families (often known as "Okies", since so many came from Oklahoma) migrated to California and other states, where they found economic conditions little better during the Great Depression than those they had left. Owning no land, many became migrant workers who traveled from farm to farm to pick fruit and other crops at starvation wages. Author John Steinbeck later wrote The Grapes of Wrath, which won the Pulitzer Prize, and Of Mice and Men, about such people.

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Tyler Mansaw's curator insight, January 25, 2013 11:06 AM

In the Dust Bowl many people couldnt walk outside without anything over there face. many people had to stay inside.

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The Dust Bowl of the 1930s (Historic #2)

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Tyler Mansaw's curator insight, January 25, 2013 11:05 AM

The Dust Bowl in 1930s