The Great Depression was the worst economic collapse in history of America. It began in 1929 and did not end until the end of the 1930s. The Great Depression of 1929 devastated the US economy. A third of all banks failed. Unemployment rose to 25% and housing prices fell 67%. The Great Depression was not just felt in the US, it happened throughout the world. It was the longest and most severe depression ever experienced by the industrialized western world. Although it originated in the United States it caused drastic declines in output, unemployment and acute deflation in almost every country of the world. The economic impacts of the Great Depression were enormous. There was incredible human suffering.

The Dust Bowl what is the name given to the drought stricken southern plains regions of the United States which suffered severe dust storms in the 1930s. From Texas to Nebraska people and livestock were killed and crops failed across the entire region. The depletion of topsoil because of over cultivation and drought caused the phenomenon. The drought and dust destroyed a large portion of US agriculture production and made the Great Depression even worse.

The History of the Dust Bowl & effects on the Great Depression

Free downloadable essay The Grapes of Wrath John Steinback

Lesson plans about the History of the Dust Bowl PBS

Educational farming games grades K-6th

What caused the dust bowl?

The Dust Bowl in Oklahoma

The Great Depression

Free downloadable essays and reports about the Great Depression

Western Expansion games that Pioneer childrens played

Western Expansion: Pioneer Era Games That Laura Ingalls Would Have Played

Western Expansion Early American Pioneer Children's Games

Western Expansion Historically Accurate American Pioneer Children's Games

Play Stock a Chuckwagon, Lead a Cattle Drive, Do You Speak Cowboy?, Stampede!

Pecos Bill (cartoon video, cowboy folktale)

Ride Cowboy Ride (song, video cartoon)

The American Cowboy (video)

Cowboys today - keeping the cowboy tradition alive (video)

Cowboys (short video)

Louisiana Purchase

Lewis and Clark

Overland Trails - Oregon Trail, Santa Fe Trail, Life on the Trail

Pioneers, Early Settlers

Gold Rush

Wild West

Western Growth - Cattle Ranches, Indian Wars, Pony Express


American History Games