Americans View Their Dust Bowl Experience

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John R. Wunder, Frances W. Kaye, Vernon Rosco Carstensen
University Press of Colorado, Jan 1, 1999 - History - 429 pages
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This is an important gathering of first-person accounts of the trauma of the 1930s in the Heartland, collected together and assessed by historians from the distance of several decades. Many Americans tell their stories in this book about the Dust Bowl, arguably one of the greatest environmental disasters ever to befall the United States. Their works tell of suffering and resilience, of terrible loss and cautious hope, and of defeat and defiance. The book also looks at the solutions they found for dealing with their plight, including everything from simply packing up and leaving their homes to finding scientific ways to work with, rather than against, the land to embracing radical political solutions. Divided into a section of contemporary accounts and a second of retrospective analysis, this book will be of interest to scholars in the field of Western History and the general reader seeking to learn more about what it was like to live in and through the Depression-era Dust Bowl.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A mixed bag of modern historical essays and contemporary journalistic accounts of the 1930s Dust Bowl. Perhaps the greatest environmental disaster to befall the US, the so-called Dust Bowl, resulted ... Read full review


The Plight of Farmers
A Early Dust Bowl Distress and Anger 19311932
B The Farmers Go on Strike 19321933

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Kaye is former editor of the Great Plains Quarterly and professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Carstensen was professor emeritus of history at the University of Washington.

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