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        Depictions of the Dust Bowl | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        View images of famous Dust Bowl chroniclers, including folk singer Woody Guthrie, writer and journalist Sanora Babb, and photographers Dorothea Lange and Arthur Rothstein. The Dust Bowl was a region of the Southwestern Great Plains of the United States that fell into an ecologically disastrous state during the 1930s. A combination of aggressive and poor farming techniques, coupled with drought conditions in the region, created massive dust storms that drove thousands from their homes and created a large migrant population of poor, rural Americans. 

        Sanora Babb | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Sanora Babb poses with a CIO organizer migrant, and a child, in California. Source: The Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin.

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        Woody Guthrie | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Portrait of Woody Guthrie, seated, facing front, playing a guitar that has a sticker attached reading "This Machine Kills Fascists." Photo credit: Al Aumuller/World Telegram. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Dorothea Lange | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Dorothea Lange, Resettlement Administration photographer, in California, February 1936. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Arthur Rothstein | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration photographer, July 1938. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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