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This photograph captures one of the hardships faced by families during the Dust Bowl--starving cattle. It was taken in Kansas City, Kansas, by the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee, a state agency working to relieve the financial burdens of families suffering during the droughts of the 1930s. The KERC worked alongside the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, which began a cattle-purchasing program in 1934. Emaciated cattle (as in this photograph) were destroyed after purchase, and healthy cattle were shipped to slaughter with the meat being distributed to poor families needing relief.

Date: May 1, 1935

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This photograph demonstrates another hardship farmers faced, besides simply dying crops. Students can use this photograph to discuss the far reaching implications of drought—with no feed available, in the middle of the Great Depression, how were farmers supposed to feed their livestock? This source would also work well when paired with the bulletin "Relief and Loan Services," which has also been selected for this standard.

KS:11th:2.1:Dust Bowl experiences (2005)

Item Number: 211806
Call Number: FK2.7 ERC.1935 *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 211806

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