What effect did The Dust Bowl have on The Great Depression?

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Feb 16, 2018


Farmers in several states went bankrupt and had to move to California


Farmers in Texas, Oklahoma(its panhandle), or Kansas went bankrupt due to the destruction of their crops by the Dust Bowl. They decided to moe to California where they were promised high wages for fruit picking in ranches. The plight of theses farmers who ended up being completely exploited was denounced by Nobel Prize Winner John Steinbeck in his novel The Grapes of Wrath.

States such as Arkansas and Missouri were also affected by this phenomenon. The Dust Bowl is probably the greatest agricultural and ecological disaster in the history of the United States and it had a tremendous impact on the Great Depression by making it worse.