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

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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195174885
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2004
Edition description: 25th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 437,670
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1A Darkling Plain9
1The Black Blizzards Roll In10
2If It Rains26
3Okies and Exodusters44
Part 2Prelude to Dust65
4What Holds the Earth Together66
Part 3Cimarron County, Oklahoma99
6Frontier in Ruins100
7When the Cattle Ate Tumbleweeds108
8Hard Times in the Panhandle118
Part 4Haskell County, Kansas139
9Unsettled Ground140
10The Wheat Farmer and the Welfare State148
11A Sense of Place164
Part 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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Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s (25th Anniversary Edition) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MerlinDB More than 1 year ago
Some interesting facts, but the presentation is doctrinaire! The Dust Bowl is presented as almost a Communist plot to take over the United States.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
Very borin
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