Image from 1935
Image from 1935




Event Summary



The Dust Bowl, 1930 to 1940, Library of Congress
  • One of the worst environmental disasters of the 20th Century
    • 3 million people left their farms on the Great Plains
      • Half a million migrated to other states


The Dust Bowl, National Drought Mitigation Center

About the Dust Bowl, from Modern American Poetry, University of Illinois
 Copyright 2009, 2016, David Burns
Copyright 2009, 2016, David Burns



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Letters from the Dust Bowl

Dust Bowl Primary Source Set, Library of Congress


Letter from a Dust Bowl Survivor


Learning about the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl Through Primary Sources, Oklahoma Historical Society





Homestead and Farm in Texas County, Oklahoma
Homestead and Farm in Texas County, Oklahoma

podcast icon.pngListen to Mrs. Flora Robertson Talk about Dust Storms in Oklahoma

book.pngThe Great American Dust Bowl. Don Brown. Houghton Mifflin, 2012. Graphic novel describing the Dust Bowl and its causes

Multimedia.pngTrailer for the PBS Video, the Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl: A Film by Ken Burns




Resettled Farm Child, 1935.  Image by Dorothea Lange
Resettled Farm Child, 1935. Image by Dorothea Lange

Screen Shot 2017-02-24 at 12.30.24 PM.pngDid Dust Storms Make the Dust Bowl Worse?Columbia University

NASA Scientists are Comparing Climate Change to the Dust Bowl, Business Insider Magazine (October 20, 2015)


Minnesota Students Interview Elders Who Survived the Great Depression



book.pngSee Influential Literature Page on The Grapes of Wrath


Screen Shot 2017-03-18 at 11.16.22 AM.pngMusic of the Dust Bowl


Songs of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl Migrants, Library of Congress

Dust Bowl Ballads, Smithsonian Folkways

Woody Guthrie Mural, Okemah, Oklahoma
Woody Guthrie Mural, Okemah, Oklahoma

Multimedia.pngWoody Guthrie Dust Bowl Blues, audio on YouTube with images added from the album Dust Bowl Ballads
  • Dust Bowl Ballads was Woody Guthrie's first commercial album

Ry Cooder and Dust Bowl Ballads



Quill_and_ink.pngSee Woody Guthrie Historical Biography Page