Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s / Edition 1

Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s / Edition 1

by Donald Worster
     
 

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195032123
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1979
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 6.44(h) x 0.46(d)

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1A darkling plain9
1The black blizzards roll in10
2If it rains26
3Okies and Exodusters44
Pt. 2Prelude to dust65
4What holds the earth together66
5Sodbusting80
Pt. 3Cimarron County, Oklahoma99
6Frontier in ruins100
7When the cattle ate tumbleweeds108
8Hard times in the Panhandle118
Pt. 4Haskell County, Kansas139
9Unsettled ground140
10The wheat farmer and the welfare state148
11A sense of place164
Pt. 5A new deal for the land181
12Facing up to limits182
13Learning from nature198
14Make two blades of grass grow210
Epilogue : on a thin edge231

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