The Dust Bowl during the 1930s was a time that tested American tenacity and resilience. It was the time when one of the greatest man-made American catastrophes caused the migration of countless families because the 10-year drought had rendered the area inhabitable. This clip illustrates the factors that contributed to the Dust Bowl.
Following the Dust Bowl catastrophe, greater amounts of land became dedicated to wheat production and local inhabitants believed the Dust Bowl was behind them. However, in the 1950s, symptoms of a relapse were looming. Luckily, many farmers used Howard Finnell's conservation practices; therefore, the catastrophe was averted.
During Prohibition in Springfield, Homer fills a bowling ball with beer and rolls it down the gutter. The ball makes its way down to a secret speakeasy, where Moe retrieves the beer and charges Barney an absurd price for it. Moe then sends Homer the through the same bowling ball. This clip represents the amorality of American capitalist values, as Homer and Moe's practices benefit themselves but hurt many others with their high prices.