- from Great Depression
The Great Depression was bad. But along with it came the worst farming disaster ever in the United States.
There had been a long drought, or period of dry weather. In 1931, drought and dust storms began to ruin the Great Plains. It didn’t end until 1939. The area was once called America’s breadbasket, because of all the wheat grown there. By the 1930s, it was known as the Dust Bowl.