Zajac/English 11 Outline I. Introduction - Imagine being in the Midwest and then seeing a giant dust cloud.

- General info about Dust Bowl - Because the Midwest became a failing region, many dreams were crushed. II. Body A. When the Midwest was a thriving community, people as far as New York came in hope of a better life, but soon turned downhill. - 1. Land produced abundant crops (Dust 1) - 2. Soon nothing would grow (1) - 3. “Black Blizzards” started to appear. (1) - 4. not using farming methods to prevent erosion. (wiki 1) - 5. Deep plowing killed natural grasses (1) - 6. Sod was destroyed (Southern Plains 18) - 7. Soil eventually turned to dust (wiki 1) - 8. Many did try to hang on (Depression 9) B. Dust Bowl had a huge impact on American society and pushed many to a breaking point - 1. Many people fled to California, they were called “Okies” (California 22) - 2. Those who stayed learned to live with droughts, cold and heat. (23) - 3. Those who fled found little opportunity. (24) - 4. Many had to wait a year to apply for citizenship (24) - 5. Agricultural laborers (24) - 6. Little Oklahomas (25) - 7. No ones situation was better than others (Depression 11) C. The United States government made many attempts to help those in dire need and to restore the land. - 1. Affected 100,000,000 acres (wiki 1) - 2. Drought Cattle Purchase Program (Depression 14) - 3. Price of cows (Diary 3) - 4. Emergency Relief Approbation Act (About 45) - 5. Reduction in soil blowing (47) - 6. Overall view (Depression 15) - 7. Abandoning farms (16) D. The dust made simple tasks hard and even claimed lives. 1. Respiratory infections (Southern Plains 21) 2. Death Rate (21) 3. Attempts to stop dirt (About 1) 4. Newspaper reports (Diary 16) 5. Dust everywhere (20) 6. Economic devastation (Southern Plaines 27)

Conclusion . Slow increase in blowing dirt (Diary 18) III. Length of Dust Bowl (wiki 1) . Weather Stations (Southern Plains 32) .If settlers just realized what was slowly occuring.The effects of the Dust Bowl will always be remembered throughout history.2.3.With government aid.Zajac/English 11 E. but it was over shadowed by the profits. . the once barren land finally returned to grassland.4. The dust finally settled back to the earth and ceased blowing. Large Storm (32) . There were many signs that the Dust Bowl was coming.1. . . the Dust Bowl could have been prevented. .

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