The Dust Bowl Through the Lens: How Photography Revealed and Helped Remedy a National Disaster

by Martin W. Sandler

A highly visual and accessible look at the Dust Bowl recounts the way the drought... read more

A highly visual and accessible look at the Dust Bowl recounts the way the drought and dust storms in the southern Great Plains during the Depression profoundly affected lives and, eventually, national policy. Martin Sandler looks at this time and place in U.S. history through photographs organized around specific events or aspects of the Dust Bowl tragedy and its aftermath. Each two-page spread features a dramatic full-page photo and one or more smaller pictures accompanied by Sandler’s narrative examining various aspects of the crisis. While some of the photographic captions could have been better, the pictures are effective with or without words. Indeed, Sandler explains, the pictures played a critical role in drawing attention to the Dust Bowl across the country and confirmed the power of photography as a “universal language.” (Age 11 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010

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