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The Dust Bowl, the Depression, the New Deal

Books in the Library

Here are a few books from the library's collection about the Great Depression.  Visit the Catalog to find more.

Primary Sources

Secondary Sources

Songs about the Time

Woody Guthrie Interview, 1940

In this 1940 interview, a 28-year-old Woody Guthrie sat down with folklorist Alan Lomax to play some of his songs and tell his story thus far.  Over the course of the interview, about 10 minutes long, he relates his tragic family history and the beginnings of his wanderings throughout the midwest.  This was the first professionally done recording of Guthrie.

For more information visit http://soundportraits.org/on-air/woody_guthrie/

Producer: Stacy Abramson / Associate Producer: Meagan Howell / Executive Producer: Dave Isay / Funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the New York State Council on the Arts and the Corporation. Archival recordings courtesy of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Movies in the Library

Citing Sources

Off campus?

For access to the databases from off campus, email the librarians for passwords.