Dust to Eat: Drought and Depression in the 1930's

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 81 pages
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The 1930s in America will always be remembered for twin disasters-the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Michael L. Cooper takes readers through this tumultuous period, beginning with the 1929 stock market crash that ushered in the Great Depression and continuing with the severe drought in the Midwest, known as the Dust Bowl. He chronicles the everyday struggle for survival by those who lost everything, as well as the mass exodus westward to California on fabled Route 66. The crisis also served as a turning point in American domestic policy, prompting the establishment of programs, such as welfare and Social Security, that revolutionized the role of the federal government. Vivid personal anecdotes from figures such as John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie, and an extensive selection of photographs by Dorothea Lange and others, illuminate the individuals who faced poverty, illness, and despair as they coped with this extraordinary challenge. Endnotes, bibliography, Internet resources, index.
  

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Review: Dust to Eat: Drought and Depression in the 1930s

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This was a good and powerful historical book. Read full review

Review: Dust to Eat: Drought and Depression in the 1930s

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This book was really interesting. It talks about two of the worst problems in the 1930's: the dust bowl and the depression. I recommend this book for people who are interested in American history. Read full review

Contents

THE OKIE PROBLEM
xiii
THE DIRTY THIRTIES
ii
DUST TO EAT DUST TO BREATHE DUST TO DRINK
23
CALIFORNIABOUND
37
HARVEST GYPSIES
47
CRISIS IN THE VALLEY
57
WORLD WAR II ENDS THE DEPRESSION
65
SOURCE NOTES
71
OF FURTHER INTEREST
75
INDEX
77
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Michael L. Cooper has written books on various aspects of American history for young adults, including a companion book, Fighting for Honor: Japanese Americans and World War II, which was named a 2002 Best Book for Young Adults.

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