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This report was created by the Great Plains Committee, which had been called by the President to investigate the effects of drought and wind erosion in the southwestern United States. For the purposes of the committee, the Great Plains region was composed of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. In Chapter V, the committee argues that farmers' lack of understanding about effective agricultural techniques, combined with severe drought, had created the critical situation that existed during the Dust Bowl. Certain "attitudes of mind," such as the idea that natural resources are inexhaustible, were the root cause of farmers' problems. The chapter outlines some of these attitudes and assumptions that had proved to be unreliable.

Creator: Great Plains Committee
Date: December 1936

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For student use in the classroom it would be useful to talk briefly about some of these attitudes and then discuss where, in other sources, one can see evidence of these beliefs. For instance, the report discusses the common perception that "man conquers nature"; students could then talk about the agricultural techniques that might reflect this belief.

KS:7th:5.1:Agriculture and the Dust Bowl (2005)

Item Number: 210679
Call Number: 330.978 Un3
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210679

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