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 issuesincluding 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.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Edition description:||25th Anniversary Edition|
|Product dimensions:||9.10(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
Table of Contents
|Part 1||A Darkling Plain||9|
|1||The Black Blizzards Roll In||10|
|2||If It Rains||26|
|3||Okies and Exodusters||44|
|Part 2||Prelude to Dust||65|
|4||What Holds the Earth Together||66|
|Part 3||Cimarron County, Oklahoma||99|
|6||Frontier in Ruins||100|
|7||When the Cattle Ate Tumbleweeds||108|
|8||Hard Times in the Panhandle||118|
|Part 4||Haskell County, Kansas||139|
|10||The Wheat Farmer and the Welfare State||148|
|11||A Sense of Place||164|
|Part 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|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Some interesting facts, but the presentation is doctrinaire! The Dust Bowl is presented as almost a Communist plot to take over the United States.
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.