America's 'Dust Bowl' Shocking Images From The 1930's Definitely Put Things Into Perspective

So haunting, yet beautiful.

America's 'Dust Bowl' Shocking Images From The 1930's Definitely Put Things Into Perspective
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In the 1930's a severe drought and dust storms hit the Great Plains region of America. Paired with extreme/harsh farming techniques, the drought and dust storms helped to create the vast devastation of the region that became known as the Dust Bowl.

Below I shall be sharing with you some stirring images from that grim era.

A destitute family in the Ozark Mountains area of Arkansas, 1935.

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Photographer: Ben Shahn - Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington

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Furrowing against the wind to check the drift of sand. Dust Bowl, north of Dalhart, Texas.

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Photographer: Dorothea Lange - Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington

Farm machinery buried by a dust storm near a barn lot in Dallas, South Dakota, May 1936.

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United States Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons

Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California.

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Photographer: Dorothea Lange – Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington/Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives

Pinal County, Arizona. Sign. Dust Bowl Theatre Tarzan.

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Photographer: Lee Russell – Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington

Dust Bowl farm. Coldwater District, north of Dalhart, Texas. This house is occupied; most of the houses in this district have been abandoned.

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Photographer: Dorothea Lange - Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington

Heavy black clouds of dust rising over the Texas Panhandle.

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Photographer: Arthur Rothstein/Farm Security Administration via Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons

The young son of a farmer walks amid the dust in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, April 1936.

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Photographer: Arthur Rothstein/Farm security Administration via Library of Congress

Poor 24-year-old father and 17-year-old mother attempt to hitchhike with their baby on California's U.S. Highway 99, November 1936.

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Photographer: Dorothea Lange/Farm Security Administration via New York Public Library (via dailymail.co.uk)

A farmer walking in a dust storm in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, April 1936.

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Photographer: Arthur Rothstein/Farm Security Administration via Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons

The children of a migrant fruit worker in Berrien County, Michigan, July 1940.

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Photographer: John Vachon/Farm Security Administration via New York Public Library (via dailymail.co.uk)

A migrant fruit farmer and his family rest at a camp in Marysville, California, June 1935.

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Photographer: Dorothea Lange/Farm Security Administration via New York Public Library (via dailymail.co.uk)

An abandoned house on the edge of the Great Plains near Hollis, Oklahoma, June 1938.

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Photographer: Dorothea Lange/Farm Security Administration via Library of Congress

A migratory field worker's makeshift home on the edge of a pea field, Imperial Valley, California, 1937.

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Photographer: Dorothea Lange/Farm Security Administration via New York Public Library (via spiritualpilgrim.net)

A dust storm near Beaver, Oklahoma, July 1935.

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National Archives and Records Administration via Wikimedia Commons


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