The Dust Bowl

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Infobase Publishing, 2008 - Depressions - 129 pages
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Housewives hung wet sheets and blankets over windows and struggled to seal every crack with gummed paper strips. A man avoided shaking hands because the static electricity generated from a dust storm might knock his greeter flat. Children's tears turned to mud. Dead cattle, when pried open, were found filled with pounds of gut-clogging dirt. The simplest thing in life, taking a breath, became life threatening. Conditions in America's prairie during the Dirty Thirties were no blind stroke of nature, however. They had their origins in human error and in the misuse of the land. The Dust Bowl recounts the factors that led to these conditions, how those affected coped, and what can be learned from the tragedy, considered by many to be America's worst prolonged environmental disaster.
 

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Contents

Blown in the Wind
7
Where the Buffalo Roam
11
Wheat Fields Rising
22
The Good Times and the Bad
33
Down and Dusty
44
Black Sunday
55
Home on the Plains
66
California Dreaming
77
Thunder in the sky
101
Chronology
112
Glossary
114
Bibliography
117
Further Reading
120
Picture Credits
121
Index
122
About the Author
128

Nightmares in the Promised Land
88

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