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WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT The Dust Bowl When I hear those words terrible thoughts come to my mind and probably to the mind of thousands of other people I lived in a small town in Montezuma Kansas1 Then the year was 1934 and the Dust Bowl had plagued Kansas as well as many other midwestern states such as Colorado New Mexico Oklahoma Texas and my own Kansas Let me paint you a picture of what life is like for thousands of Americans including my family and I in 1934 More than 12 million people were unemployed over 5 thousand banks had closed When the banks closed they took with them all of the money that people had trusted the bank to hold for them8 43 All of this was caused by just the Depression On top of all of this poverty the Dust Bowl arrived Theodore Roosevelt had a plan to employ the American people His plan was to help get America through the Depression and the Dust Bowl was the CCC The CCC stood for Civilian Conservation Corps This was a plan to help people like me find work The CCC started projects in National Parks and other public places They then paid us to work there cleaning and maintaining the Park3 After wrestling with the decision whether to abandon my family to work or to stay with them and try to struggle through the Dust Bowl I decided to go and find work After this overview of what happened to me and the other people that lived in the Midwest let me tell you my whole story Today is April 14th 1934 It has been over 6 months since the last substantial rainfall Still today we had hopes that this terrible drought would end We were tired of the dust stinging our eyes making it look as though it was night outside Little did I know that today the worst dust
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