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Farming Family from the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, so much personality and grit on each face, tough life.

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BLACK SUNDAY - April 14, 1935 - The rains didn't return until 4 years later. When the dust settled in April 1935, scenes like this were repeated throughout the high plains region. Crops were ruined. Farms produced nothing. Livestock died en masse. People abandoned their homes in droves, with little more than the clothes on their back to show for many years of hard work building their homesteads. There was nothing of value to sell, no one to sell to.

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In 1931 the rains stopped and the “black blizzards” began. Powerful dust storms carrying millions of tons of stinging, blinding black dirt swept across the Southern Plains—the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, western Kansas, and the eastern portions of Colorado and New Mexico. Topsoil that had taken a thousand years per inch to build suddenly blew away in only minutes. One journalist traveling through the devastated region dubbed it the “Dust Bowl."

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Great Depression Dust Bowl 1930 | Vintage Vivant » Archive » Lillian Gish, Dust-Bowl Doll

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LIFE: Dust Bowl survivors

Caption from LIFE. "Oklahoma farmer John Barnett's daughter Delphaline, 17, wears bright-colored slacks around the farm. She and her two brothers go to a rural school where there are only four other pupils. Next fall Delphaline will enter high school." Oklahoma, 1942. (Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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What caused the Dust Bowl?

The Dust Bowl: By 1932, 14 dust storms, known as black blizzards were reported, and in just one year, the number increased to nearly 40. The Dust Bowl brought ecological, economical and human misery to America during a time when it was already suffering under the Great Depression.

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July 24, 1935 – The Dust Bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109°F (43°C) in Chicago, Illinois and 104°F (40°C) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin above - Dust Masks Worn During the Dust Bowl, 1936

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Google Image Result for http://shs.westport.k12.ct.us/mongirdas/APUSHist/Unit14-Depression/dust_bowl_files/image005.jpg

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Halloween in the Dust Bowl.

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More than one million acres of land were affected during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

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The Grapes of Wrath, 1940 (motion picture) Great Depression & Dust Bowl

Oklahoma in the Thirties is a dustbowl and dispossessed farmers migrate westward to California

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What Caused the U.S. Dust Bowl Drought of the 1930's?

Google Image Result for http://www.weru.ksu.edu/new_weru/multimedia/dustbowl/big/theb1366.jpg

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dustbowl town | The Great Depression was cutting deeply into livelihoods and lives ...

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Dust Bowl - Black Sunday, April 14, 1935

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The Dust Bowl. The animals died, they could not breathe with no shelter the dust filling their lungs.

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March 1936. "Heavy black clouds of dust rising over the Texas Panhandle" — evidence of the forces that were driving thousands of farm families in Texas and Oklahoma to the West Coast in the great Dust Bowl migration chronicled in "The Grapes of Wrath." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein.

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Buried machinery, due to Dust Bowl conditions, in a barn lot in Dallas, South Dakota on May 13, 1936.

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