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The worst hard time : the untold story of those who survived the great American dust bowl  Cover Image Book Book

The worst hard time : the untold story of those who survived the great American dust bowl

Egan, Timothy (Author).

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  • ISBN: 061834697X
  • ISBN: 9780618346974
  • ISBN: 9780618773473 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 0618773479 (pbk.)
  • Physical Description: print
    x, 340 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., c2006.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 315-327) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Promise: the great plowup, 1901-1930 -- The wanderer -- No man's land -- Creating Dalhart -- High plains Deutsch -- Last of the great plowup -- Betrayal, 1931-1933 -- First wave -- A darkening -- In a dry land -- New leader, New Deal -- Big blows -- Blowup, 1934-1939 -- Triage -- The long darkness -- The struggle for air -- Showdown in Dalhart -- Duster's eve -- Black Sunday -- A call to arms -- Goings -- Witnesses -- The saddest land -- Verdict -- Cornhusker II -- The last men -- Cornhusker III -- Rain.
Summary, etc.: "The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, going from sod homes to new framed houses to huddling in basements with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out. He follows their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black blizzards, crop failure, and the deaths of loved ones. Drawing on the voices of those who stayed and survived - those who, now in their eighties and nineties, will soon carry their memories to the grave - Egan tells a story of endurance and heroism against the backdrop of the Great Depression." Also includes information on alcohol, automobiles and leaving Dust Bowl, banks, bootleggers, cattle, cowboys, dust pneumonia, exodusters, farming, food foreclosures, grasses and grasslands, grasshoppers, Great American Desert, heat, homestead land, horses, houses, illnesses, Last Man Club, livestock, Native Americans, newspapers, prices, railroads, rainfall, relocation from Dust Bowl, Resettlement Administration, salaries, soil conservation, soil erosion, static electricity, tractors, tumbleweeds, winds and windstorms, etc.
Subject: Dust Bowl Era, 1931-1939
Droughts Great Plains History 20th century
Dust storms Great Plains History 20th century
Depressions 1929 Great Plains
Droogte
Stofstormen
Great Plains History 20th century
Great Plains Social conditions 20th century
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