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        Migrant Families | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        View images of families displaced by the Dust Bowl to places like California, where they often lived under poor conditions in migrant camps. The Dust Bowl was a region of the Southwestern Great Plains of the United States that stretched 150,000 square miles across Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, and parts of Colorado, Kansas, and New Mexico. The region 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 of poor, rural Americans from their homes. 

        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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        Migrant Mother | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Florence Thompson, age 32, with several of her seven children in a tent shelter at a Nipomo, California pea pickers' camp, March 1936. (The photo is part of Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother" series.) Photo credit: Dorothea Lange (1895-1965). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Div.

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        Migrant Couple | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Migrant fruit workers sitting on the running board of an auto in Berrien County, Michigan, July, 1940. They were picking cherries for their own use. Photo credit: John Vachon (1914-1975). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Migrant Man Working on Headlight of an Auto | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Elmer Thomas, preparing to migrate to California, working on the headlight of an auto, near Muskogee, Oklahoma, July, 1939. Photo credit: Russell Lee (1903-1986). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Migrant Woman with Five Children | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Oklahoma mother of five children, now picking cotton near Fresno, California, November 1936. Photo credit: Dorothea Lange (1895-1965). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Woman Standing Outside Wooden Shack | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        A woman stands outside a wooden shack with two small children and a baby in Tulare County, California, November 1938. Photo credit: Dorothea Lange (1895-1965). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Family at a Migrant Camp | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Tent in Farm Security Administration migratory labor camp in the Imperial Valley area of Brawley, California, February 1939. It's home to a mother and father from Mangrum, Oklahoma and their eleven children. Photo credit: Dorothea Lange (1895-1965). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photo. Div.

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        Migrant Man Looking up at Billboard | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Migrant man looks up at a billboard in Dubuque, Iowa, in April 1940. Photo credit: John Vachon (1914-1975). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Migrant Boy | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        A migrant child from Arkansas looks out of the back window of an automobile in Berrien County, Michigan, July, 1940. Photo credit: John Vachon (1914-1975). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        A Migrant Woman and Small Child | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Farm wife and her child waiting in the car while her husband attends the auction, Oskaloosa, Kansas, October, 1938. Photo credit: John Vachon (1914-1975). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Woman with Children in a Tent | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

        Florence Thompson, age thirty two, with three of her seven children, in a Nipomo, California pea picker's camp, February/March 1936. (Photo is known as "Migrant Mother" and is from Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother" collection.) Photo credit: D. Lange (1895-1965)/Library of Congress, Prints & Photos.

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