Images of the Dust Bowl

Images of the Dust Bowl: Photographs by the Farm Security Administration 1930-1939.

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In the 1930s, tens of thousands of farm families fled the area affected by the Dust Bowl.  Tens of thousands more tenant farmers and sharecroppers from places untouched by the Dust Bowl were forced off the land by falling crop prices and the increasing use of machines to perform farm labor.  These people formed a mass migration of the displaced who traveled the country desperately seeking work, often living in terrible conditions.

The photographs on this page are from the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection of Photographs and Prints housed in the Library of Congress.  The Resettlement Administration (later, the Farm Security Administration) was formed in 1935 as part of the New Deal effort to alleviate widespread rural poverty and ease the plight of displaced farmers.

As part of their mission, The Farm Security Administration employed photographers and writers to document the lives and grinding poverty of the people they were trying to help.  The FSA photographers–among them Dorothea Lange and Arthur Rothstein–produced some of the most iconic images of the victims of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression.

The full Library of Congress FSA-OWI photograph collection can be viewed here: http://www.loc.gov/pictures

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