Dust Bowl Practicum I

Map of Total Count of Cultivation Per County and Areas of Worst Dust

This interactive map is to show the total cultivation of counties in the United States that saw the biggest impact of dust storms leading up to and during the Great Depression in the years 1900, 1920, and 1940. The darker green show areas of the highest amounts of produced cultivation and the darkest blue shows areas of the least amount of produced cultivation. The red circles show the areas where the dust was the worst in the years 1935, 1938, and 1940.

There is debate surrounding the causes of the Dust Bowl, one of the arguments is that the land in the dust bowl area was too cultivated, leading to the uprooting of soil which led to the great dust storms. But this chart would lead to a different cause. The areas outlined in red show the areas with the worst dust storms but are also areas with lower amounts of total cultivation. However, it does not take into account the sizes of the farms or farming practices that might account for the uprooting of soil.

Some geospatial questions that I can explore within my final project are questions regarding AIM involvement in different Native American activist movements across the country. I can also track where AIM pamphlets, buttons, and other materials, originated from or were dispersed to. One other note that I believe is important to the geospatial nature of my project is that Native American culture and identity is closely tied with the land and the because of this all places or resistance and AIM movements were/are located at important places and areas related to Native tradition and culture.

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  • Nicely done. Mapping your project may simply be as easy as marking important events (marches, meetings, occupations, etc) and showing them over time. There are a couple ways we could do this if that’s what you want to do. Be thinking about how you might storymap this during our practicum this Wednesday. Your second idea is also quite nice. Spatial thinking doesn’t always involve mapping at all! Or it might simply be represented with an historical map (like you were georeferencing yesterday). Reflecting on place and toponyms (place names), coupled with a georeferenced map that recovers lost Native American names would be intriguing. Was this ever an ambition of AIM? To recover connection to place (including original names?)

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