Farming the Dust Bowl: A First-Hand Account from Kansas / Edition 1

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Overview

This is a powerful original account of one man's efforts to raise wheat on his farm in Meade County, Kansas, during the 1930s. Lawrence Svobida tells of farmers "fighting in the front-line trenches, putting in crop after crop, year after year, only to see each crop in turn destroyed by the elements." Although not a writer by trade, Svobida undertook to record what he saw and experienced "to help the reader to understand what is taking place in the Great Plains region, and how serious it is." He wrote of the need for better farming methods—the only way, he felt, the destruction could be halted or confined. Well before the principles of an ecological movement were widely embraced, Svobida urged a public acceptance of the "sovereign rights of the states and the nation to regulate the use of land by owners . . .so that it may be conserved as a national resource."

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Editorial Reviews

New Republic
Although factual and calm in style, this book is as moving as John Steinbeck's novels.
Saturday Review of Literature
Easily one of the most important books that has dealt with the dust bowl and its problems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700602902
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 3/28/1986
  • Series: Kansas and the Region Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,441,808
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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