The Dust Bowl
The Dust Bowl Through the Lens: How Photography Revealed and Helped Remedy a National Disaster
The Dust Bowl
Martin W. Sandler
The Dust Bowl was a time of hardship and environmental and economic disaster. More than 100 million acres of land had turned to dust, causing hundreds of thousands of people to seek new homes and opportunities thousands of miles away, while millions more chose to stay and battle nature to save their land.FDR's army of photographers took to the roads to document this national crisis. Their pictures spoke a thousand words, and a new form of storytelling- photojournalism-was born. With the help of iconic photographs from Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Arthur Rothstein, and many more, Martin Sandler tells the story of a nation as it endured its darkest days and the extraordinary courage and spirit of those who survived.

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  • Educational
  • Historical Nonfiction
  • Nonfiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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The Dust Bowl: possibly one of the United States's greatest tragedies, in which the entire bread basket of the nation ceased to exist. The Dust Bowl: Through the Lens, visually chronicles the lives of the inhabitants of the Great Plains as they try to get back on their feet. Mind-boggling photos of once-fertile lands reduced to dust inhabit each page, along with highly explanatory, well written captions to further explain occurrences. The beginning of each passage contains a quote from a local, some expressing sadness, others hopefulness for the future.
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