The Dust Bowl & Farmers of the 1930's
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Historical Letter

May, 1934

Dear Mom,

It’s hard living out here. I thought movie to the prairie lands would be good for my family, but I was wrong. This drought has taken it’s toll on my health and the kids’. We have no money and we’re running low on food. The weather here has been dry for many months. The other day we had a dust storm.  I didn’t think Susie would make it through this one with her dust pneumonia. She’s been hospitalized for the past two weeks and was released the day of the storm. I’m trying to keep my kids safe but this drought isn’t helping anybody. I’m doing all I can to keep the dust out of the house. I’ve put wet rags on the window seals and cracks under and above the door. But some how the dust still gets in.  I’ve given the kids cloths to put over their mouths, but only had enough for the kids so Ben and I go with out. It doesn’t seem to help them as much as I would like but it is better than nothing.  We’ve tied ropes to the house from the barn, so that if Ben was ever out doing work and was caught in a storm he could find his way to me and the kids. Many of our livestock have died out due to the drought and the dust storms. The last storm was so bad we had to dig our selves out of two feet of dust. Every day gets harder and harder to live here. But we can’t leave. We can’t run away from our life like so many other people have. Sure moving west would be great for our health and such but its not where we belong. No matter how hard things get I don’t think Ben and I could ever leave here. This is our home. This will always be our home. Susie, Junior, and Mary love it here. They love the open and being able to run and never run out of space. Living here is hard and sometimes I think to my self  “I don’t know how much longer we can last out here”. But I tell myself that we can get through anything, but then again I have thought about moving away because of Susie’s illness. If she gets worse we have to leave!! Momma I don’t know what to do at this point. Please write back and help your daughter. Sending you all of our love..

 

            Sophia

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Vocab List

Vocab for The Dust Bowl

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Region-An area or division, An administrative district of a city or country.

Depression-Severe despondency and dejection, accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy, Many people get depressed when a bad situation happens in life

Servere-Very great; intense, a severe test of stamina

Erosion-The process of eroding or being eroded by wind, water, or other natural agents, the erosion of support for the party".

Hitchhike-Travel by getting free rides in passing vehicles, Mike and sam had to hitchhike to get to the party

Crops-A cultivated plant that is grown as food, the main crops were oats and barley

Dust Bowl-A servere storm, The dust bowl effected many people

Fortunate-Favored by or involving good luck or fortune or lucky, ciara and sally are more fortunate than kearra

Accumulated-Gather together or acquire an increasing number or quantity of, her goal was to accumulate a huge fortune".

Decreased-Become smaller or less in size, amount

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By the numbers: Today's drought vs. the Dust Bowl era-Today's website #2

By the numbers: Today's drought vs. the Dust Bowl era-Today's website #2 | The Dust Bowl & Farmers of the 1930's | Scoop.it
The depth of the current drought falls short of that experienced by many during the so-called Dust Bowl era of the 1930s.
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Woody Guthrie :Dust Bowl Blues Primary Doc.3

http://www.woodyguthrie.org/ Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie (July 14, 1912 October 3, 1967) is best known as an American singer-songwriter and folk musician,...
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A song by Woody Guthrie

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Historical Website #3

http://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-dust-bowl

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 This website has some really cool facts about the dust bowl that I think people should know!

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Dust bowl-Historical website #1

Dust bowl-Historical website #1 | The Dust Bowl & Farmers of the 1930's | Scoop.it
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This website is great for studying the topic of the Dust Bowl. It has good information and also has a section of quizzes you can take over the subject. I learned a few new things on this website and even quizzed myself on it.

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Black Blizzard 720p- Primary Doc.2

I intend to collect as many National Geographic's and History Channel's interesting scientific and historical films as I can and post them on my channel so t...
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Does the Dust Bowl stack up to today's disasters?-Today's website #1

Does the Dust Bowl stack up to today's disasters?-Today's website #1 | The Dust Bowl & Farmers of the 1930's | Scoop.it
'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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Letters From the Dust Bowl-Primary Doc.1

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When drought struck Oklahoma in the 1930s, the author and her husband stayed behind to protect their 28-year-old farm. Her letters to a friend paint a picture of dire poverty, desiccated soil, and long days with no sunshine.
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Letters from the dust bowl gives you an insight on what occured for others while they were living in the dust bowl.

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Dust Bowl-Historical Website #2

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The Dust Bowl was the name given to the Great Plains region devastated by drought in 1930s depression-ridden America.
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This website has some very good information over the Dust Bowl. There is a section called "Did You Know", that has random(historical & good) facts.

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