The Dust Bowl of the 1930s lasted about a decade. Its primary area of impact was on the southern Plains, particularly the states of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma (the setting for Out of the Dust), and Texas.   The northern Plains were not so badly effected, but nonetheless, the drought, windblown dust and agricultural decline were no strangers to the north. In fact the agricultural devastation helped to lengthen the Depression whose effects were felt worldwide. The movement of people on the Plains was also profound.

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  Map depicting dust storm damage from 1930 through to 1940.
 

This map shows the states that were considered dust bowl states and the areas affected by dust storms. Notice that many states not considered dust bowl states were still damaged by dust storms. The whole middle of the United States was literally blowing away.

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People moved across the America from the farming areas of the centre to the west where they believed life would be better. This map  shows the areas people migrated from to reach the "Golden West" (California)

 

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