As fears of another American Dust Bowl grip vast regions of the country, we look back at a series of rare photos from Oklahoma in the 1940s. Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photoschronicle the hardscrabble existence of Oklahoma farmers who stayed and survived the Dust Bowl.
Caption from LIFE: ”Farmer John Barnett and his family are ‘Okies’ who stuck to their land near Woodward. They have 21 dairy cattle which yield a scant seven gallons per milking. Mrs. Barnett takes care of a vegetable garden that is always blowing away. The children, Delphaline, 17 (top), Lincoln, 11 (right), and Leonard, 9, do plenty of chores. On Sundays the Barnetts eat jack rabbit.” Oklahoma, 1942.