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Dorothea Lange


Resettlement clients to be moved from Widtsoe area to farm in another county of Utah

Gelatin silver print
14 x 11 in. (35.56 x 27.94 cm)
Gift of the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation

Caused by severe drought and the failure to adopt dryland farming practices, the Dust Bowl severely damaged the agricultural industry of the U.S. throughout the 1930s. Many families abandoned their farms and went to California in search of work, leading to the largest migration in American history within a short time span. The U.S. government responded by establishing programs to conserve soil, distribute food, and coordinate other relief services. Also, the Resettlement Administration (RA) relocated families such as the one pictured here to government planned cooperative farming communities.

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