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        Dust Storms | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Experience 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: Historic Adobe Museum, Ulysses, KS.

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

        The huge Black Sunday storm was the worst storm of the decade-long Dust Bowl in the southern Plains. As the storm approached Ulysses, Kansas, April 14, 1935, daylight turned to total blackness in mid-afternoon.

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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. The storm forced the local high school to cancel graduation ceremonies.

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        Dust Storm On Black Sunday | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        A dust storm approaches fields and farm houses in Perryton, Texas, on Black Sunday. Source: Perry Studio, Deaf Smith County Museum.

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        Dust Storm 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. Source: The 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. About a block and a half from his home in Elkhart, Kansas, Ed Stewart managed to take a series of photographs as the storm approached and then overtook his town, eventually enveloping everything in total darkness.

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        Dusted Out Farmstead | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        An abandoned farm north of Dalhart, Texas, 1938. Farm Security Administration photographer Dorothea Lange took the picture. Source: Library of Congress.

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        A Dust Storm Blows Over Washington DC And The Lincoln Memorial | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        A dust storm blows over Washington DC and the Lincoln Memorial in 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

        A huge, Black Sunday storm-the worst storm of the Dust Bowl-engulfs the Church of God in Ulysses, Kansas on April 14, 1935. Daylight turned to total blackness when the storm hit in the mid-afternoon. Source: Historic Adobe Museum, Ulysses, Kansas.

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        Dust Storm | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Farm with a huge dust cloud approaching on April 14, 1935 in Boise City, Oklahoma.

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        Chased By A Dust Storm | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        A car is chased by a "black blizzard" in the Texas Panhandle, March, 1936. Arthur Rothstein caught the scene in one of his many photographs documenting the Dust Bowl for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Source: Arthur Rothstein, The Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        A Young Boy In A Dust Storm | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        A young boy covers his mouth during a dust storm on a farm in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, April, 1936. Source: Arthur Rothstein, The 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 in a dust storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma, April, 1936. Source: Arthur Rothstein, The Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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