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        Dust Storms | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        View images of crippling storms taken during The Dust Bowl, including the “Black Sunday” storm, one of the worst dust storms in American history. The Dust Bowl was a region of the Southwestern Great Plains of the United States that experienced crippling drought throughout the 1930s, coupled with high winds and soil erosion from years of aggressive and ill-conceived farming practices that upset the ecology of the prairie. The dust storms created from this mix of drought, poor soil, and high winds were so severe they blackened out the sun, choked people and cattle, and drove thousands of families from their homes.

        Watching a Dust Storm's Approach | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        As a black blizzard rolls into Ulysses, Kansas, two women and a girl pose for a photograph before taking shelter. Source: Grant County Adobe Museum, Ulysses, Kansas.

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        Dark Day in Ulysses, Kansas | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        The huge Black Sunday storm as it approaches Ulysses, Kansas, April 14, 1935. It was the worst storm of the decade-long Dust Bowl in the southern Plains, and daylight turned to total blackness in mid-afternoon. Source: Grant County Adobe Museum, Ulysses, Kansas.

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        Dust Storm over Elkhart, Kansas | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        On the main street of Elkhart, Kansas, two boys watch a "black blizzard" descend on their town on May 21, 1937. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Dust Storm Approaches Perryton, Texas on Black Sunday | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        A dust storm approaches fields and farm houses in Perryton, Texas, on Black Sunday, April 14, 1935. Photo credit: The Perry Studio, Perryton, Texas. Source: Deaf Smith County Museum, Hereford, Texas/University of North Texas.

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        Dust Storm in Boise City, Oklahoma on Black Sunday | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        A dust storm approaches a farm on Black Sunday, April 14, 1935, in Boise City, Oklahoma. Source: Norma Gene Young Collection.

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        Kids Head to School with Goggles and Dust Masks | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        In Lakin, Kansas, three children prepare to leave for school wearing goggles and homemade dust masks to protect them from the dust in 1935. Source: Green Family Collection.

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        Wall of Dirt | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        The massive dust storm of Black Sunday, April 14, 1935, boils across the Plains in Baca County, Colorado. Photo credit: J. H. Ward. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Black Sunday in Elkhart, Kansas | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        The huge Black Sunday storm of April 14, 1935, was the worst storm of the decade-long Dust Bowl in the southern plains. Elkhart, Kansas resident Ed Stewart managed to take a series of photographs as the storm approached.

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        A Dust Storm Blows over the Lincoln Memorial | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        A dust storm blows over the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, March, 1935. Source: Carson County Square House Museum, Panhandle, Texas.

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        Kansas Church and a Black Blizzard | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        The Black Sunday storm, the worst one of the decade-long Dust Bowl, engulfed the Church of God in Ulysses, Kansas, on April 14, 1935. Source: Grant County Adobe Museum, Ulysses, Kansas.

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        Dust Storm Approaching a Farm | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        A dust cloud approaches a ranch in Boise City, Oklahoma, April 15, 1935 Source: Associated Press, File Photo.

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        Car Chased by a Dust Storm | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Car driving on the highway with heavy black clouds of dust rising over the Texas Panhandle, March 1936. Photo credit: Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        A Young Boy in a Dust Storm | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Dust is too much for this farmer's son in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, April 1936. Photo credit: Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Farmer and Sons Walking in the Face of a Dust Storm | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma, April, 1936. (Photo is popularly known as "Fleeing a Dust Storm.") Photo credit: Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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