{Amazing old film & pics} Woody Guthrie describes his personal experiences in the 1930s dust bowl

 I can understand now why they thought it was the end of the world – sitting in the dark for hours, day after day – it’s hard to imagine

Sallisaw, Sequoyah County, Oklahoma. Oklahoma drought farmers. “Nothing to do. These fellers,” said one of them, “are goin to stay right here till they dry up and die too.” Aug. 1936 photographer Dorothea Lange

Sallisaw, Sequoyah County, Oklahoma. Oklahoma drought farmers. Nothing to do. These fellers,said one of them, are goin to stay right here till they dry up and die too Aug. 1936

 

Dust bowl farmers of west Texas in town June 1937 photographer Dorothea Lange

Dust bowl farmers of west Texas in town June 1937

 Dust bowl farmers of west Texas in town June 1937 photographer Dorothea Lange Texas Dust bowl farmers of west Texas in town

 

Kansas dust bowl farmer by photographer Arthur Rothstein March 1936

Kansas dust bowl farmer by photographer Arthur Rothstein

Liberal vicinity, Kansas. Soil blown by dust bowl winds piled up in large drifts on a farm photographer Arthur Rothstein 1937 – This looks like a desert scene rather than a farmLiberal vicinity, Kansas. Soil blown by dust bowl winds piled up in large drifts on a farm photographer Arthur Rothstein 1937

One of the pioneer women of the Oklahoma Panhandle dust bowl photographer Arthur Rothstein 1936  One of the pioneer women of the Oklahoma Panhandle dust bowl  photographer Arthur Rothstein 1936

 

Leveling hummocks in the dust bowl. Coldwater District, thirty miles north of Dalhart, Texas photographer Dorothea Lange 1938Leveling hummocks in the dust bowl. Coldwater District, thirty miles north of Dalhart, Texas

Leveling hummocks in dust bowl, thirty miles north of Dalhart, Texas. Farmer: “Every dime I got is tied up right here. If I don’t get it out, I’ve got to drive off and leave it. Where would I go and what would I do? I know what the land did once for me, maybe it will do it again.” Son: “It would be better if the sod had never been broke. My father’s broke plenty of it. Could I get a job in California?” photographer Dorothea Lange 1938

Leveling hummocks in dust bowl, thirty miles north of Dalhart, Texas. Farmer

 

Dust bowl farmer raising fence to keep it from being buried under drifting sand. Cimarron County, Oklahoma Arthur Rothstein 1936  Dust bowl farmer raising fence to keep it from being buried under drifting sand. Cimarron County, Oklahoma Arthur Rothstein 1937

Dust Bowl farm. Coldwater District, near Dalhart, Texas. This farm is occupied. Others in this area have been abandoned June 1938 photographer Dorothea Lange

Dust Bowl farm. Coldwater District, north of Dalhart, Texas. This house is occupied; most of the houses in this district have been abandoned2 June 1938

Dr. Tugwell and Chairman Cooke of the drought committee look at a nest of barbed wire in Texas dust bowl. President’s report 1936 photographer Arthur RothsteinDr. Tugwell and Chairman Cooke of the drought committee look at a nest of barbed wire in Texas dust bowl. President's report 1936

The key figure in the 1936 presidential campaign, the American farmer. Oklahoma Photographer Dorothea Lange

The key figure in the 1936 presidential campaign, the American farmer. Oklahoma

 

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