News Display: Dust Storm! Great Plains to Eastern Seaboard
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 05/01/2017
Uploaded: 05/15/2017
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, News Displays
Tags: agriculture, climactic conditions, Dust Storm, farming, great depression, Westward Movement

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Description/Abstract: News Display: Dust Storm! Great Plains to Eastern Seaboard, Thursday, 5/11


On May 11, 1934 the most severe dust storm to date spread 350 million tons of silt from the northern Great Plains to the eastern seaboard. This major storm was preceded by a series of lesser dust storms in the West, brought on by drought and farming methods (over-plowing and over-grazing) that failed to address environmental needs. Thousands of families, known as "Okies", were forced to migrate to California from Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The dust was felt as far east as New York, causing many to be sick, and this massive storm eventually helped prompt legislation for smarter farming, including crop rotation and grass seeding.

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