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Portraits in defiance: Historic black and white images of gritty Dust Bowl survivors bring Dirty Thirties back to life

Photos of Dust Bowl farmers who stayed behind on their half-buried homesteads in the 1930s tell a story of courage and survival during one of the worst droughts in U.S. history, the specter of which has risen once again.

henkheijmans:“Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936 - by Arthur Rothstein (1915 - 1985), USA”

Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936 - by Arthur Rothstein (1915 - 1985), USA

Another dust bowl is on the way due to droughts, wildfires, poor farming practices, and the depletion of aquifers.

Another dust bowl is on the way due to droughts, wildfires, poor farming practices, and the depletion of aquifers.

Caption from LIFE. "Oklahoma farmer John Barnett's daughter Delphaline, 17, wears bright-colored slacks around the farm. She and her two brothers go to a rural school where there are only four other pupils. Next fall Delphaline will enter high school." Oklahoma, 1942. (Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

As fears of another and perhaps even more devastating Dust Bowl grip vast regions of the country, LIFE.com offers a series of rare photos — most of...

Oklahoma Panhandle | The winds of the Dust Bowl have piled up large drifts of soil against a barn

A look back at the Dust Bowl, when severe dust storms blew across the prairies of the United States, causing a mass migration of farmers.

Dust Bowl Road Trip: A Volcano, Some Wind & Folsom, Not the Prison

On the last day of our Dust Bowl Road Trip we played volcanologists at Capulin Volcano and historians in Folsom, New Mexico.