Dust Bowl Diary

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Portrays the life of the Low family on a stock farm in southeastern North Dakota. Beginning in 1927, it describes times of searing summer heat, dying livestock, dust to the tops of fenceposts, and prices at rock bottom.
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New York Times Book Review

"A moving and informative account of a decade 1927–37 of drought and depression in North Dakota. In 1929 Ann Marie Low wrote in her diary: 'There seems to be quite a furor in the country over a big stock market crash that wiped a lot of people out. We are ahead of them. The hailstorm in July of 1928 and bank failure that fall wiped out a lot of people locally.' That diary . . . tells the story of one family's struggle to maintain a way of life, keep their farm and educate their children."—New York Times Book Review
Los Angeles Times Book Review

"A lovingly detailed, sometimes humorous and often painful account of a ravaged land. An adolescent Low, withstanding adult responsibilities, describes her parents, sister, brother and a beloved horse, Roany; scorching summers with dust billows big as snowdrifts; neighbors losing their livelihoods; malevolent nature; and government recovery programs."—Los Angeles Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803279131
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1984
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 415,193
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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