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Oklahoma History Academic Standards

OKH.6.8 Describe the changing perceptions, both internal and external, of the state and its citizens, as reflected in The Grapes of Wrath, the musical Oklahoma!, Route 66, and the professional basketball team the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Oklahoma History Center Education Resources


The Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and New Deal in Oklahoma
75th Anniversary of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Production Oklahoma!

The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture

William M. Hagen, "Grapes of Wrath, The"
Guy Logsdon, "Okie (term)"
Carolyn G. Hanneman, "OKIE"
William Hagen, "Film Images of Oklahoma"
Dianna Everett, "Oklahoma!"
Michael Cassity, "Route 66"

Research Center Resources


Online Primary Sources

Production of "The Grapes of Wrath," 1940, Library of Congress
Carol M. Highsmith, photographer, Round barn on US Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma, Library of Congeress
OKC Thunder, NBA

Additional Resources

Daniel Nealand, "Archival Vintages for the Grapes of Wrath." Prologue Magazine, Winter 2008, Vol. 40, No. 4
Oklahoma Route 66 Museum
Christina Crapanzano, "A Brief History of Route 66," Time, June 28, 2010

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