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Texas Grit: Dust Bowl Resources

Historians have studied the Dust Bowl era from many angles in the years since the infamous drought racked the Southern Plains in the 1930s. Here is a sampling of resources that provide more information about one of the most fascinating periods of Texas and American history. There are more resources out there, to be sure, but these will get you off to a good and comprehensive start.

The Dust Bowl, a Film by Ken Burns

PBS debuted this Ken Burns historical documentary in November 2012. It’s an accessible and entertaining account of the era featuring interviews with survivors and historians, as well as a wealth of compelling images.        

When Ken Burns’ documentary was released, Amarillo public television station KACV recorded interviews with local Dust Bowl survivors and compiled various informational and educational materials on the subject. Check out their work at

The Amarillo Museum of Art has an extensive collection of Farm Security Administration photographs documenting the Dust Bowl era and the Great Depression. At a symposium in 1979, the museum brought together many of the photographers who documented the era. See videos containing the images and interviews with the photographers on the museum website.


  • Dust Bowl, the Southern Plains in the 1930s, by Donald Worster
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, by Timothy Egan
  • Rooted in Dust, Pamela Riney-Kehrberg
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