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The Dust Bowl. The Dust Bowl > Dust Storm. A wall of dirt and sand descends upon Spearman, Texas, on August 14, 1935.

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1 The Dust Bowl

2 The Dust Bowl > Dust Storm. A wall of dirt and sand descends upon Spearman, Texas, on August 14, 1935

3 The Dust Bowl > Dust Storm Approaching Startford, Texas, 1930s

4 The Dust Bowl > Pare Lorenz, The Plow That Broke the Plains, 1936

5 The Dust Bowl > Map of Erosion and Dust on the Plains

6 Migration > Traveling from South Texas to the Arkansas Delta, 1936

7 Migration > On the road to California, February 1936

8 Migration > John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath Novel published in 1939 Film in 1940 (closely follows the novel) Reinforced the belief that migrants fled the dust storms In fact, they fled for varied reasons, including drought, falling agricultural prices, and mechanization of agriculture 16,000 farmers fled dust storms 400,000 migrated, from a larger area in the Southwest Famous scene: farmer confronts a man who is about to level his house, used the plight of farmers to convey a sense of unfocused outrage shared by many others during the Depression - people couldn’t figure out who was to blame for the disaster

9 FSA > Arthur Rothstein, Steer Skull, Pennington County, South Dakota 1936

10 FSA > Arthur Rothstein, the same skull on dry sun-baked earth

11 FSA > Arthur Rothstein, the same skull, cows grazing in the background

12 FSA > Arthur Rothstein, Farmers and Sons, Cimmaron County, Oklahoma, 1936 (after the dust storm)

13 FSA > Arthur Rothstein, the same farmer pretending to flee a dust storm

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15 FSA > Walker Evans, Burroughs Photographs, Hale County, Alabama, 1936

16 FSA > Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, March 1936

17 FSA > Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother series, March 1936


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