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Great depression dust bowl

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  • 1. THE GREAT DEPRESSION and the DUST BOWL Photos by photographer Dorothea Lange
  • 2. THE DUST BOWL
    • A severe drought gripped the Great Plains in the early 1930s
    • Wind scattered the topsoil, exposing sand and grit
    • The resulting dust traveled hundreds of miles
    • One storm in 1934 picked up millions of tons of dust from the Plains an carried it to the East Coast
    Kansas Farmer, 1933
  • 3. Dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas - 1934
  • 4. Storm approaching Elkhart, Kansas in 1937
  • 5. Dust buried cars and wagons in South Dakota in 1936
  • 6. HARDEST HIT REGIONS
    • Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado were the hardest hit regions during the Dust Bowl
    • Many farmers migrated to California and other Pacific Coast states
    Boy covers his mouth to avoid dust, 1935
  • 7. Photographer Dorothea Lange captures a family headed west to escape the dust storms
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