Impacts of the Dust Bowl
Already stressed by collapsing food prices, farm families in the Great Plains endured a series of dust storms that severely damaged the ecology and agriculture of the prairies. The Dust Bowl was caused by a combination of severe drought, an insufficient understanding of the ecosystem, and a refusal to apply Indigenous agricultural methods and dryland farming techniques that would prevent topsoil erosion. It resulted in the displacement of thousands of farm families — many of whom headed west to California and other coastal states.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum.
Galleries & Exhibits
- 11865-1925: Hunger in the Industrial City
- 21929-1940: America in Crisis and Recovery
- 31945-1965: WWII and the Paradoxes of the Postwar Era
- 41955-1980: The Fight for the Right to Food
- 51975-1996: The Unmaking of the Great Society
- 61997-Present: How It Is — And How It Should Be