During the Great Depression
, in portions of the North American Great Plains
there was a years-long drought, leading to soil erosion and dust storms
. Crops failed, forcing many farmers to leave in search of work elsewhere, notably California
. Many of the displaced were from Oklahoma, and became known as Okies[?]
On May 11
a strong two-day dust storm removed massive amounts of Great Plains topsoil[?]
in one of the worst such storms of the Dust Bowl.
See also: Woody Guthrie
- The Dust Bowl: Men, Dirt, and Depression, Paul Bonnifield, University of New Mexico Press, Alquequerque, New Mexico, 1978, hardcover, ISBN 0-8263-0485-0.
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