The Dust Bowl

Soil blown by dust bowl winds piled up in large drifts on a farm near Liberal, Kansas, March 1936, photographed by Arthur Rothstein. Library of Congress Photographs and Prints Collection, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2012647036/

Soil blown by dust bowl winds piled up in large drifts on a farm near Liberal, Kansas, in March 1936. Photograph by Arthur Rothstein. Library of Congress Photographs and Prints Collection, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2012647036/

Mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath—John Steinbeck's award-winning 1939 novel and John Ford's 1940 movie—with help from an OAH Distinguished Lecturer. The historians below study, teach, and speak on this 1930s environmental disaster and its impact on an American society already struggling with the Great Depression.

For the latest scientific research on this historic drought, see "U.S. Dust Bowl unrivaled in past 1,000 years" in Nature (October 2014).

Find additional OAH Distinguished Lecturers who specialize in the history of the Great Depression here.


Daisy Martin

Daisy Martin
Stanford University

Constance B. Schulz

Constance B. Schulz
University of South Carolina (Emeritus)

Bryant Simon

Bryant Simon
Temple University

Randall Stephens

Randall Stephens
University of Oslo

Marsha Weisiger

Marsha Weisiger
University of Oregon

David M. Wrobel

David M. Wrobel
University of Oklahoma