The Dust Bowl Photo Gallery and related media
The Dust Bowl
Applying for Relief
The plight of Dust Bowl survivors and migrant workers was captured by American artists, photographers and literary works such as John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath."
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In the 1930s, agricultural damage coupled with drought and windstorms, resulted in severe storms and destruction in the region that became known as the Dust Bowl.
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In the 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched an ambitious series of social programs and legislation known as the "New Deal," designed to lift the United States out of the economic downturn of the Great Depression.
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