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Braving an Oklahoma Dirt Storm

Photos that changed the world

Arthur Rothstein’s photo of a farmer and sons facing a dust storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936. (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

In April 1936, Arthur Rothstein arrived near Boise City in Cimarron County, Oklahoma. He was photographing the dirt-choked results of the Dust Bowl — a series of howling dust storms that ravaged the American Midwest from 1933 to 1940.

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