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Dust Bowl refugees traveling by freight train
Dust Bowl refugees traveling by freight train
Resource Typeimage
TitleDust Bowl refugees traveling by freight train
Coverage / Year1939
DescriptionPhotograph, b/w
InterpretationThis Oklahoma family was photographed traveling by freight train through the Yakima Valley, Washington in 1939. During the dust storms of 1932, in the Great Plains states, many farms literally dried up and blew away. Thousands of farmers packed up their families and traveled west, where they hoped to find work in agriculture. Finding work however did not end the migrant's travels, because to maintain a steady income they were forced to follow the harvest.
Lesson Plans / ThemesTransportation--A Student's Historical Explanation; Studying the Great Depression through novels;
Learning Standards16 History; 15 Economics;
Author or CreatorUnknown
SourceHard Travellin': The Hobo and His History by Kenneth Allsop, 448 p., 1967 (illustrations)
Subject / KeywordsUnited States--Social conditions; United States--Economic conditions; Depressions--1929--United States; Dust Bowl; Trains
Collection PublisherIllinois State Library;
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