#18 – Dust Bowl
During the 1930s, which are also known as the Dirty Thirties, the United States and Canadian prairies were devastated by a series of intense dust storms, known as the Dust Bowl. Caused by wind erosion and drought, the storms blasted through the land and halted farming in both countries. This photograph, taken in 1936, shows a young boy from Liberal, Kansas sitting atop a mound of soil that gathered on the roof of his home. In a dust-filled land, he is guarding what remaining precious item he has left: man’s best friend, his faithful dog.