The 1930s came down hard on all of America, but the Great Plains area got it even worse with the advent of the Dust Bowl. This giant drought, a disaster for America's breadbasket, made life unendurable for Midwesterners. Put out of farm work, people became migrant workers, trekking to California in search of jobs. At the time, photographers like Dorothea Lange began documenting American lives and struggles through the camera lens, capturing tragedies like Depression and Dust Bowl.
Collected here are photos of undernourished and sick children, homeless families, desolate farms, and storms engulfing the land in dust. As blunt and shocking they may look to you today, imagine how much they astonished those Americans living at that time.
Topsoil Eroded On Farm, Kansas, 1930s
Dust Storm Approaching Rapidly, Oklahoma, 1935
A Farmer's Son Amidst Devastated Land, Oklahoma, 1936
Laborers' Squatter Camp, California, 1940