In the Prairies during the Great Depression, there was a huge drought. It wiped out all of their crops and brought tons of locusts. This pretty much stopped Canada's production of wheat and other products which had a huge affect on their farmers. Most left the farms to go and find jobs in the cities.
In 1935 many families had to leave their homes and farms seeking work and food due to the drought caused by the dust bowl. This lasted for about 4 years. This is a picture of one family leaving and mirgrating to a better place for their survial during these times.
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.
Traveling Light: August 1936. "Oklahoma farm family on highway between Blythe and Indio. Forced by the drought of 1936 to abandon their farm, they set out with their children to drive to California. Picking cotton in Arizona for a day or two at a time gave them enough for food and gas to continue. On this day they were within a day's travel of their destination, Bakersfield. Their car had broken down en route and was abandoned." Medium-format negative by Dorothea Lange.