Ask Mr. Donn
The Great Depression
How did the Dust Bowl contribute to the Great Depression?
Thousands of farmers lost their farms and were out of work. Looking for jobs, many moved to California where there were at least a few jobs, mostly harvesting fruit and vegetables. Banks lost money due to loan defaults by farmers. Farmers in the dust bowl were no longer buying farming utensils, seed and animal foods thus lessening demand and creating surplus, which dropped prices even more. The Dust Bowl