By Christine Zuchora-Walske
This e-book relays the actual information of the dirt Bowl via a number of money owed of the development. Readers study information from the viewpoint of an Oklahoma farmer, a migrant farm employee, and a central authority journalist. This publication deals possibilities to check and distinction a number of narrative views within the textual content whereas accumulating and reading information regarding an old occasion.
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In the 1920s, he predicted a disaster—and he was right. He wrote the soil conservatio n practices that eventually repa ired the Great Plains. 29 Look, Look Again This is one of the most well-known images of the Dust Bowl. The image is often referred to as “Migrant Mother” and was taken by Dorothea Lange in 1936. The photograph shows a mother who was a poor migrant worker in California. Imagine you are an Oklahoma farmer in the 1930s. What would you notice about this photograph? Imagine you are a Dust Bowl refugee in California, like the woman in this picture.
In 1937, the national government began building better camps for migrant workers. The new camps were clean and safe. They had bathrooms, showers, and gathering spaces. The California government joined in, offering child care, education, and medical programs. These changes gave migrants some measure of dignity, opportunity, community, and hope. FSA photographers went to the Dust Bowl too. The images they captured there—of dust storms advancing on villages, automobiles buried in sand dunes, people groping their way through black 28 blizzards, and more—helped Americans elsewhere identify with people on the plains.
How would you describe your living situation in a letter to your relatives on the East Coast? Imagine you are a government journalist. Why would you take a photograph like this? In what ways does this photograph represent the Dust Bowl years? 30 Glossary conservation (kahn-sur-VAY-shuhn) the protection or preservation of valuable things drought (DROUT) a long period without rain dust pneumonia (DUST noo-MOHN-yuh) a sickness resulting from breathing large amounts of dust; symptoms include coughing, difficulty breathing, fever, nausea, and body aches duster (DUS-tur) a windy dust storm irrigation ditch (ir-uh-GAE-shuhn DICH) a ditch that carries water meant for crops migrant (MYE-gruhnt) a person who moves from place to place in search of work panhandle (PAN-han-duhl) a narrow area of land sticking out from a larger territory propagandist (prah-puh-GAN-dist) someone who spreads ideas for a specific purpose refugee (ref-yoo-JEE) someone who flees danger shantytown (SHAN-tee-toun) a settlement of poor people living in makeshift dwellings; a slum topsoil (TAHP-soil) fertile soil near the surface of the ground, where plants grow Learn More Further Reading Phelan, Matt.
The Dust Bowl. A History Perspectives Book by Christine Zuchora-Walske