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In 1931 the rains stopped and the “black blizzards” began. Powerful dust storms carrying millions of tons of stinging, blinding black dirt swept across the Southern Plains—the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, western Kansas, and the eastern portions of Colorado and New Mexico. Topsoil that had taken a thousand years per inch to build suddenly blew away in only minutes. One journalist traveling through the devastated region dubbed it the “Dust Bowl."

In 1931 the rains stopped and the “black blizzards” began. Powerful dust storms carrying millions of tons of stinging, blinding black dirt swept across the Southern Plains—the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, western Kansas, and the eastern portions of Colorado and New Mexico. Topsoil that had taken a thousand years per inch to build suddenly blew away in only minutes. One journalist traveling through the devastated region dubbed it the “Dust Bowl."

Dust Bowl storm they called Black Sunday in Kansas

The Dust Bowl In 47 Haunting Images

Dust Bowl storm they called Black Sunday in Kansas

Going to school during the Dust Bowl. 1930s

Going to school during the Dust Bowl. 1930s

LIFE Dust Bowl

LIFE: Dust Bowl survivors

LIFE Dust Bowl

The picture above was taken in 1935 and shows a destitute family at a relocation camp in California.

The picture above was taken in 1935 and shows a destitute family at a relocation camp in California.

BLACK SUNDAY - April 14, 1935 -  The rains didn't return until 4 years later.  When the dust settled in April 1935, scenes like this were repeated throughout the high plains region.  Crops were ruined.  Farms produced nothing.  Livestock died en masse.  People abandoned their homes in droves, with little more than the clothes on their back to show for many years of hard work building their homesteads.  There was nothing of value to sell, no one to sell to.

BLACK SUNDAY - April 14, 1935 - The rains didn't return until 4 years later. When the dust settled in April 1935, scenes like this were repeated throughout the high plains region. Crops were ruined. Farms produced nothing. Livestock died en masse. People abandoned their homes in droves, with little more than the clothes on their back to show for many years of hard work building their homesteads. There was nothing of value to sell, no one to sell to.

Caption from LIFE. "Oklahoma farmer John Barnett's daughter Delphaline, 17, wears bright-colored slacks around the farm. She and her two brothers go to a rural school where there are only four other pupils. Next fall Delphaline will enter high school." Oklahoma, 1942. (Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

LIFE: Dust Bowl survivors

Caption from LIFE. "Oklahoma farmer John Barnett's daughter Delphaline, 17, wears bright-colored slacks around the farm. She and her two brothers go to a rural school where there are only four other pupils. Next fall Delphaline will enter high school." Oklahoma, 1942. (Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Church of God, Ulysses, Kansas, USA, April 14, 1935

Church of God, Ulysses, Kansas, USA, April 14, 1935

This map shows the extent of the Dust Bowl over six states, and how severely they were affected by it.

This map shows the extent of the Dust Bowl over six states, and how severely they were affected by it.

Great Depression Dust Bowl 1930 | Vintage Vivant » Archive » Lillian Gish, Dust-Bowl Doll

Great Depression Dust Bowl 1930 | Vintage Vivant » Archive » Lillian Gish, Dust-Bowl Doll

This Dorothea Lang photograph is what I imagine Sheila's home to be like.

Heartbreaking Photos Of The Dust Bowl

This Dorothea Lang photograph is what I imagine Sheila's home to be like.

The Dust Bowl:  By 1932, 14 dust storms, known as black blizzards were reported, and in just one year, the number increased to nearly 40.  The Dust Bowl brought ecological, economical and human misery to America during a time when it was already suffering under the Great Depression.

What caused the Dust Bowl?

The Dust Bowl: By 1932, 14 dust storms, known as black blizzards were reported, and in just one year, the number increased to nearly 40. The Dust Bowl brought ecological, economical and human misery to America during a time when it was already suffering under the Great Depression.

Dust Pneumonia from the Dust Bowl. Many people died from the accumulation of all the dust they breathed in, esp young children. So sad.

Dust Pneumonia from the Dust Bowl. Many people died from the accumulation of all the dust they breathed in, esp young children. So sad.

The Black Sunday Dust Storm of April 14, 1935

The Black Sunday Dust Storm of April 14, 1935

dorothea lange dust bowl photos

dorothea lange dust bowl photos

Golden (State) boys. November 1938. "Children of [Dust Bowl] refugee families now on Works Progress Administration. They live in tents on the flats outside of Bakersfield, California." Photo by Dorothea Lange.

Golden (State) boys. November 1938. "Children of [Dust Bowl] refugee families now on Works Progress Administration. They live in tents on the flats outside of Bakersfield, California." Photo by Dorothea Lange.

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