Thursday, April 24, 2014

National Drought Mitigation Center

Dust Bowl Resources

Dust Storms and Their Damage Photos from the collection of the Wind Erosion Research Unit of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service at Kansas State University.

The Dust Bowl (photos) A collection of 20 photos for sale from The Social Studies Web.

American Memory from the Library of Congress A multi-format look at daily life in Farm Security Administration migrant work camps in central California, 1940 and 1941.

Weedpatch Camp The story of the Arvin Federal Government Camp, immortalized as “Weedpatch Camp” in Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.

Dust storm footage A short film clip of a dust storm during the 1930s. From the website of the USDA/ARS Wind Erosion Research Unit at Kansas State University.

Surviving the Dust Bowl The website of the 1998 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) film “Surviving the Dust Bowl.” Provides a good background on the people and events of the 1930s Dust Bowl.

America from the Great Depression to World War II Photos from the Farm Security Administration—Office of War Information Collection, 1935–1945.


The Plow that Broke the Plains
The story behind the 1936 documentary made for the Farm Security Administration on the destruction and suffering associated with drought in the early 1930s.

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