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History: The Dust Bowl

These sites are about the great Dust Bowl drought of the 1930s, the migrations that happened as a result of the disaster, the migrant workers themselves, and farming beliefs at that time. Includes lesson plans, videos, audio podcasts, photographs, and more. Also includes a link to the eThemes resource on the Decade: 1930-1939.


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Read about the Dust Bowl years, the Great Depression in the Plains States, how the people coped and recovered, the economics of the Dust Bowl, and its legacy. Navigate between pages through the sidebar on the right side of the page. Includes a bibliography and links to other online resources.
Read about the drought of the 1930s, then click on a link in the navigation pane on the left of the screen to read about the "Dust Bowl," "Okies" and more. Or, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on one of the icons under the "Go to:" heading for other related topics.
Learn about the history of farming in Oklahoma, with particular emphasis given to the Dust Bowl era. Scroll down to read about Oklahoma farming in the 1930s.
This 5 page PDF article gives background information and history of the Dust Bowl era along with lessons learned from the disaster. Includes photographs and other graphics.
See a map of the areas of several states affected by wind erosion during the latter part of the 1930s (the Dust Bowl) while reading or listening to a brief presentation on the topic.
Listen to accounts of people who lived through the Dust Bowl years in South Dakota, watch footage of the agricultural practices during the period, and find answers to the question "Could the Dust Bowl happen again?"
This segment on the Dust Bowl serves as the introduction to the discovery guide on environmental refugees entitled "Environmental Refugees: How Many, How Bad?". Click on the link at the end to see subsequent chapters of the guide.
This lesson plan includes guiding questions, activities, online resources, and more.
This lesson plan includes a Scope article, a Scope video, worksheets, activities, and more. NOTE: This site includes ads. NOTE: This site includes links to social networking sites.
Watch a video about the Dust Bowl era during the 1930s. NOTE: This site includes links to social networking sites.
This timeline includes the major events of the Dust Bowl era. NOTE: This site includes links to social networking sites.
This site includes photos, video excerpts from the film, biographies, and an interactive activity. Click on the "Educators" tab to access lesson plans. NOTE: This site includes links to social networking sites. NOTE: This site includes sponsored links.
Watch the original landmark film about the Dust Bowl from 1937. NOTE: This site includes a message board.
This site provides a teacher's guide along with the primary sources for teaching a lesson about the Dust Bowl migration. Click on the links under the "Teacher's Guide" and "Primary Sources" headings to download PDF and MP3 files.
Read about the Okie migrations in this encyclopedia entry from the Oklahoma Historical Society.
Listen to audio recordings, see photographs, or read manuscripts from the migrant work camps of the early 1940s.
Read about the famous FSA photographer, Dorothea Lange, and see 12 of her photographs of migrant workers.
Listen to 13 of Woody Guthrie's folk songs about the Dust Bowl. NOTE: Some of the songs have less to do with the Dust Bowl than others. Listen to them first to determine which ones meet your needs. NOTE: This site includes a message board.
See 25 photographs of the Dust Bowl. Click on the thumbnail for a higher resolution image.
This online exhibit features 27 photographs taken by FSA photographers and gives a brief history of the project.
Listen to an interview with Timothy Egan who wrote a nonfiction book on the people who remained in the dust bowl throughout the course of the great drought. Also, listen to the author read an except from the book.
In this Weekend Edition news story David Shaper compares the 2012 drought to the infamous droughts of the 1930s and 1950s, and recounts lessons farmers have learned from the Dust Bowl era. Click on "Listen to the Story" or the play icon to hear the podcast.
These sites are about the history and events of the 1930s. Learn more about the causes and effects of the Great Depression. There are many primary documents, including oral histories, photographs, newspaper articles, and audio files. Also includes maps and timelines. There are links to eThemes Resources on books set in the 1930s, Amelia Earhart, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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