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The Great Depression: The Dust Bowl
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The Dust Bowl
A more detailed examination of this topic is planned for the future. In the meantime, this small archive is presented.
Images
1933 Farm Family
1933 Farm Family
Tenant Farmers in the Dust Bowl
Tenant Farmers in the Dust Bowl
Dust bowl homestead; father and children
Dust bowl homestead; father and children
"Migrant Mother" by Dorthea Lange
"Migrant Mother" by Dorthea Lange February, 1936
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The King Family, performing at their government camp
The King Family, performing at their government camp
       
 
Sounds
Todd and Sonkin, both of the City College of New York (currently the City College of the City University of New York), took disc recording equipment supplied by the Archive of American Folk Song to Arvin, Bakersfield, El Rio, Firebaugh, Porterville, Shafter, Thornton, Visalia, Westley, and Yuba City, California. In these locales, they documented dance tunes, cowboy songs, traditional ballads, square dance and play party calls, camp council meetings, camp court proceedings, conversations, storytelling sessions, and personal experience narratives of the Dust Bowl refugees who inhabited the camps.
Songs
Backward Song, Russ and Joy Pike
(2:11)
Casey Jones, Jim Holbert
(4:00)
Corn Dodgers, Mrs. Myra Pipkin
(1:51)
Fight For Union Recognition, Bert Rains
(:58)
Going Down The Road Feeling Bad, Ruth Huber & Lois Judd
(2:52)
Government Camp Song, Mary Campbell and Margaret Treat
(2:19)
Hard Luck Okie, Roy Turner
(1:13)
Home In The Government Camp, Wayne "Gene" Dinwiddie
1:22
Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me, Paul Charlene and Elsie Gross
(1:04)
Old Dan Tucker, S.C. Loop
(4:00)
Wildwood Flower Instrumental, Norman Nelson
(:52)
Wildwood Flower, Mrs. V Whitworth and Zelmer Ward
(2:24)
   
Interviews
Interview: Oklahoma: Mrs. Flora Robertson
(5:09)
Interview: Dust Storms, Sleet Storms, Tall Stories: Spurlock; Judd; Johnson
(4:31)
Interview: Dust Storms In Oklahoma: Mrs. Flora Robertson
(4:31)
Interview: Life In Oklahoma And Why Come To California: Tom Higgenbotham
(9:57)
Interview: Coming To California: Roy Turner
(8:27)
Interview: Reasons for Coming to California: Mrs. J.W. Becker
(5:05)
Interview: Life in the Government Camp: Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Becker
(9:48)
Interview: Camp Closing, Discrimination, Labor Issues: Augustus Martinez
(10:34)
Interview: Camp Governance, Attitude Toward Okies: Jose Flores
(7:34)
Interview: Discrimination Against Mexicans: Jose Flores
(7:27)
 
Speech on drought and the dust bowl by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, September 6, 1936
sound Speech on drought and the dust bowl by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, September 6, 1936
"Okies in California" by Doye O'Dell (1949)
sound "Okies in California" by Doye O'Dell (1949)
 
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