"The storm took place at sundown; it lasted through the night, When we looked out the next morning, we saw a terrible sight, We saw outside our window where wheatfields they had grown, Was now a rippling ocean of dust the wind had blown." -- Woody Guthrie, The Great Dust Storm
We will start off with a little background information about the 1930's and what life was like at that time. Leading into the 1930's there was an 11% decline in Dow Jones industrial average which participated greatly in the Wall Street Crash of 1929, this day was forever called Black Thursday. The collapse of the stock market had many effects on the dust bowl it made it harder to purchase goods, put a lot of people out of their jobs, and caused very little money to circle through the economy in general.
A tenant farmer is someone who doesn't own the land they farm, it is rented out to them. They will pay the plantation owner in either cash or a share of the crop as a payment, so that the tenant farmer can use the land. Many farmers had challenges in their quest for independence, some remained debt free and saved enough money to buy their own land.