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The Great Depression & Dust Bowl

Damage from Dust Storm in Oklahoma, 1936: In the 1930s, agricultural damage, coupled with drought and windstorms, resulted in the severe damage and destruction across the Plains states that became known as the Dust Bowl.

Eyes of the Great Depression 125 -- Evicted sharecropper, New Madrid County, Missouri; photo by Arthur Rothstein

Eyes of the Great Depression 125.

Eyes of the Great Depression 077. Wife of evicted sharecropper. This photo was taken in New Madrid County, Missouri in January, 1939 by Farm Security Administration photographer Arthur Rothstein. Part of Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

In From the Fields: August 1936. Migrant cotton pickers at lunchtime. Near Robstown, Texas. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange.

Minivan: July 1937. "Sharecropper family near Hazlehurst, Georgia." Nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange

July 1936. Hoe culture in the South. Poor white, North Carolina. Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration.

Two Colorado girls still able to draw water from a well amidst the storms raging through the Dust Bowl, 1935.