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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.