Levelling farm fields, 1930s

Levelling farm fields, 1930s

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Credit: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Levelling farm fields. Farm workers using machinery to level fields to prevent wind erosion on a farm in the 1930s near Liberal, Kansas, USA. The 'Dirty Thirties', or 'Dust Bowl', was a period of severe dust storms in North America in the 1930s, caused by extreme drought and decades of intensive farming and land mismanagement. It caused major damage to American and Canadian prairie lands and forced families to migrate in search of jobs and food. Photographed in March 1936 by photographer Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985) for a US government photography project documenting everyday American life between 1935 and 1944.

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