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Abandoned Dust Bowl Home by Dorothea Lange
Abandoned Dust Bowl Home by Dorothea Lange

Abandoned Dust Bowl Home, 1935

Dorothea Lange

A farmhouse stands abandoned on a desolate plain. This photograph is one of many iconic documentary images of the Dust Bowl, a severe drought in the early 1930s that decimated the Great Plains’ crops and kicked up massive, roiling dust storms that forced thousands of farmers to flee. By the time renowned Depression-era documentary photographer Dorothea Lange photographed this shack, its owners had abandoned it to the shifting sands. This lonely structure is a reminder of its former inhabitants, who probably packed up and moved west.

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