Ruined Farms

The Great Depression was a very hard time for many Americans. Fourteen million Americans were out of work. Dust bowls swept across the west and took out large farms and made farm production decrease rapidly.

The storms carried away the topsoil, the part of the soil that was best for growing crops. This ruined millions of acres of wheat and other crops.

The drought that helped cripple agriculture in the Great Depression was the worst in
the climatological history of the country. By 1934 it had desiccated the Great Plains,
from North Dakota to Texas, from the Mississippi River Valley to the Rockies. Vast dust
storms swept the region.

The Great Depression was a hard time for all including farm children. They had to work harder and all day to grow crops. Those crops were to be sold for money and usually very little was left for the family to eat. So most farm children often received little food. They were always dirty and working in dangerous conditions. The hardest part for farm children was the fear of losing the farm. Most farmers couldn\'t afford their farm when the Great Depression hit and so many lost them. After they lost it the family would have to leave in street houses made from cardboard. Often called "Hoover-towns". blaming president hoover for not taking action quick enough. Stating "He did too little too late". Farm children had a hard life filled with work and little food.


Also after the Dust Bowl farming was impossible. Farms were ruined with dust storms and droughts didn\'t make money so almost 40,000 farmers headed north in the hopes of a better living. Farm families that traveled were called "migrant workers", they tried to sell what ever crops they had left as they traveled and often sold their possessions too. There is a famous story and picture about a mother who sold their car just to feed her too children.



Farming in America suffered from the Great Depression as perhaps no other line of work, and its effects impacted the rest of the economy.


Even nature was an enemy throughout the Depression. Severe droughts of the era and resulting dust storms destroyed crops and stripped topsoil. In turn, as farming was such an important industry within the economy of the time, farmers purchases declined radically and impacted manufacturing and retailers, creating unemployment off the farm too.