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Dust Pneumonia claimed the lives of many people who lived in the Dust Bowl, plus livestock and chickens.  Lungs filled with sand cannot breathe.

Dust Pneumonia claimed the lives of many people who lived in the Dust Bowl, plus livestock and chickens. Lungs filled with sand cannot breathe.

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.

the depression dust bowl Unless one has read of it or has watched interviews of those who lived through this, it's hard to imagine the endless hell of this silt in one's nostrils, lungs, eyes---every part of your life for YEARS.

Drifts of sand near Liberal Kansas during the Dust Bowl

The winds of the "dust bowl" have piled up large drifts of soil against this farmer's barn near Liberal, Kansas. Photo by Arthur Rothstein #

Depression Era Cooking

Depression Era Cooking - facts about the depression & recipes at the end of the site

Dorothea Lange, who photographed folks during the poverty-stricken times following the midwest dust storms and the Great Depression.

Dorothea Lange, was a professional woman who took photographs for a living. She is best remembered for her photos of the Depression of the She photographed many uplifting images that showed that, despite the hard times, life and love went on.

photo by rothstein of dust | Dust is too much for this farmer’s son in Cimarron County, Oklahoma ...

Dust is too much for this farmer’s son in Cimarron County, Oklahoma; photo by Arthur Rothstein, April, (Dust Bowl) Library of Congress image.

Farmer and sons, dust storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936. Photographer: Arthur Rothstein.  The drought that helped cripple agriculture in the Great Depression was the worst in the climatological history of the country. By 1934 it had dessicated the Great Plains, from North Dakota to Texas, from the Mississippi River Valley to the Rockies. Vast dust storms swept the region.

Farmer and sons, dust storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma, Photographer: Arthur Rothstein. The drought that helped cripple agriculture in.

Interactive Dust Bowl | THE DUST BOWL What choices would you have made? This PBS site allows the user to experience what life was like on the southern Great Plains during the Dust Bowl. It is based on the Ken Burns film "The Dust Bowl."   "Lesson activities build students’ academic and critical thinking skills and provide opportunities culminating in projects such as documentaries, public forums, and digital storytelling." (Pinned by Susan M.)

PBS resource that allows students to explore the dust bowl through videos and artifacts. Students have to make choices and get to engage in simulated activities that children in the dust bowl would have faced.

1935 - Penniless refugees from dust bowl. Twenty-two in family, thirty-nine evictions, now encamped near Bakersfield without shelter, without water and looking for work. - Dorothea Lange

Squatters along highway near Bakersfield, California. Penniless refugees from dust bowl. Twenty-two in family, thirty-nine evictions, now encamped near Bakersfield without shelter, without water and looking for work in the cotton.

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