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        The Great Depression | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Explore images highlighting life during the Great Depression. The Great Depression was a decade-long period of severe economic distress in the United States, beginning with Black Tuesday stock market crash in October of 1929. Fifteen million Americans were unemployed at the height of the depression, and nearly half of the country’s banks had failed. During this same period, the Dust Bowl in the Southwestern Great Plains of the United States would drive thousands of poor, rural migrants out of their homes in search of food, shelter, and work. In 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt launched a New Deal plan to restore public confidence, reform the banking industry, create jobs, and rebuild the country’s infrastructure.

        Tenant Farmer Family | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Tenant farmer family in Hale County, Alabama, in 1936. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Edgar and Rena Coen in Front of Their Kansas Dugout | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Edgar and Rena Coen homesteaded in southwestern Kansas, living in a dugout with a few windows near the ceiling, and a shed-like entryway that doubled as the kitchen. They lost a child and a grandchild to "dust pneumonia." Photo credit: The Coen Family Collection.

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        November 1929: The Wall Street Crash | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        The Sub-Treasury Building (now Federal Hall National Memorial), opposite the Wall Street Stock Exchange in Manhattan, New York, at the time of the Wall Street Crash. Source: Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

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        President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Talking to a Farmer and Boy | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sitting in an auto, talking to a farmer and his boy in Mandan, North Dakota, August, 1936. Photo credit: Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Coal Miner's Children and Wife | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        A coal miner's wife and children leaning on the porch railing, in Pursglove, West Virginia. September, 1938. Photo credit: Marion Post Wolcott (1910-1990). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        The Red Cross | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        A Red Cross nurse puts a mask on a woman. Rows of other women sit at sewing stations. Image taken on April 27, 1935, in Topeka, Kansas. Source: The Associated Press.

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        Women and Children Socializing | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Women and children socialize outside a wooden house in Pie Town, New Mexico, on June, 1940. Photo credit: Russell Lee (1903-1986). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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