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New Lesson Plan: The Texas Oil Boom

Oil production dramatically changed the culture and economy of Texas in the first half of the 20th century, during what was known as the Texas Oil Boom. This lesson plan examines the history of the Texas Oil Boom, as well as the “boom and bust” cycle of oil towns, the early period of independent oil prospecting, and the eventual push for regulation. Using videos featured on Texas Archive of the Moving Image, including documentaries, newsreels, home movies, and more, students will analyze events in the history of the oil industry, and assess the impact of both individual and government action.

Students will develop analytical and critical thinking and viewing skills, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of their subject. The worksheet designed to accompany the video is intended to encourage critical thinking about the role oil plays in the Texas economy, the impact the discovery of oil has on communities, and the benefits and advantages of regulation and oversight