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Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s / Edition 2

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Overview


In the mid 1930s, North America's Great Plains faced one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in world history. Donald Worster's classic chronicle of the devastating years between 1929 and 1939 tells the story of the Dust Bowl in ecological as well as human terms.

Now, twenty-five years after his book helped to define the new field of environmental history, Worster shares his more recent thoughts on the subject of the land and how humans interact with it. In a new afterword, he links the Dust Bowl to current political, economic and ecological issues--including the American livestock industry's exploitation of the Great Plains, and the on-going problem of desertification, which has now become a global phenomenon. He reflects on the state of the plains today and the threat of a new dustbowl. He outlines some solutions that have been proposed, such as "the Buffalo Commons," where deer, antelope, bison and elk would once more roam freely, and suggests that we may yet witness a Great Plains where native flora and fauna flourish while applied ecologists show farmers how to raise food on land modeled after the natural prairies that once existed.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"An exciting, provocative, and stimulating study.... It has much to say to historians, environmentalists, and public policy makers."--American Historical Review

"A gracefully written and fascinating book."--History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195174885
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Edition description: 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 292,615
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald Worster is Hall Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of Kansas and the author of A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 A darkling plain 9
1 The black blizzards roll in 10
2 If it rains 26
3 Okies and Exodusters 44
Pt. 2 Prelude to dust 65
4 What holds the earth together 66
5 Sodbusting 80
Pt. 3 Cimarron County, Oklahoma 99
6 Frontier in ruins 100
7 When the cattle ate tumbleweeds 108
8 Hard times in the Panhandle 118
Pt. 4 Haskell County, Kansas 139
9 Unsettled ground 140
10 The wheat farmer and the welfare state 148
11 A sense of place 164
Pt. 5 A new deal for the land 181
12 Facing up to limits 182
13 Learning from nature 198
14 Make two blades of grass grow 210
Epilogue : on a thin edge 231
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  • Posted October 12, 2013

    fair

    Some interesting facts, but the presentation is doctrinaire! The Dust Bowl is presented as almost a Communist plot to take over the United States.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    This is an  well written and interesting account of the 'Dust Bo

    This is an  well written and interesting account of the 'Dust Bowl' era.  The history is presented in
    an easy-to-read style and is definitely not boring!  It will keep your attention to the end.
    Donald Worster is an program adviser on the more recent PBS film on the Dust Bowl by Ken Burns
    which makes this a great companion read.  I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

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    Very borin

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