The picture above was taken in 1935 and shows a destitute family at a relocation camp in California during the American Dust Bowl of the Great Depression.
LIFE: Dust Bowl survivors
LIFE Dust Bowl
The Dust Bowl - Black Sunday April 14, 1935 was the end of rain and 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.
dustbowl town | The Great Depression was cutting deeply into livelihoods and lives ...
dorothea lange photographs | The first image is of Dorothea Lange herself. I love this picture ...
There were three major dust storms during the Dust Bowl: November 11th, 1933, in South Dakota; May 9th, 1934, along the Great Plains; and the "Black Blizzard" of April 14th, 1935. In the winter of 1935-36, red snow fell on New England.
What caused the Dust Bowl?
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.