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Comparing the 2012 drought to the Dust Bowl droughts of the

The Dust Bowl:  By 1932, 14 dust storms, known as black blizzards were reported, and in just one year, the number increased to nearly 40.  The Dust Bowl brought ecological, economical and human misery to America during a time when it was already suffering under the Great Depression.

What caused the Dust Bowl?

THE DUST BOWL dust storms known as black blizzards were reported; in just 1 year, the number increased to nearly brought ecological, economical and human misery to America during a time when it was already suffering under the Great Depression)

The famous ” Feed sack dress” – 1940s ration fashion -- when the flour companies learned that the poor in the dust bowl were sewing flour bags together to make dresses and other clothing for the children, they began selling their flour in different decorative bags with flowers and such things printed on them so that the "clothing" made would be a bit more attractive and fun.

the famous ”feed sack dress” - when the flour companies learned that the poor in the Dust Bowl were sewing flour bags together to make dresses and clothing for children, they began selling their flour in decorative bags

Entire cities could be cast into darkness as large swells of dust would mount into tidal waves, covering every inch for miles.

Entire cities could be cast into darkness as large swells of dust would mount into tidal waves, covering every inch for miles. I find dust bowl photographs so interesting.

A farm is buried during the dust bowl years, early 1930s.

:::::::: VIntage Photograph ::::::::Oklahoma Farm buried in dust during the Dust Bowl Years.

The picture above was taken in 1935 and shows a destitute family at a relocation camp in California.

Photograph shows a family of farmers devastated by the Great Depression. Photo dates to around 1935 during the Great Depression era. I kind of love what he is wearing and the pose.

Scene from a Kansas farm during the Dust Bowl.  Drifts of sand pile up beside the barns and farmhouse against the barren backdrop of drought-ravaged Kansas in this 1936 photograph

Soil blown by dust bowl winds piled up in large drifts on a farm; March photo by Arthur Rothstein

Potato Pickers from 1935 in California. It shows a family from Oklahoma working as Potato pickers in California. The Oklahoma Dustbowl forced the family to drive across the country in search of work. The picture shows them living in a roadside tent. I was especially drawn to the guitar on the bed and I 'm sure that music was a great source of strength and hope. Notice all of the potatoes under the bed.

Potato Pickers from 1935 in California. It shows a family from Oklahoma working as Potato pickers in California. The Oklahoma Dust bowl forced the family to drive across the country in search of work. The picture shows them living in a roadside tent.

1930s Great Depression Family at Migrant Workers Camp Photo

Just enjoying that white privilege in Great Depression Family at Migrant Workers Camp, read 'Grapes of Wrath'. Yes, white people were "migrants" as well.

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