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Dust Bowl : The Southern Plains in The 1930s,9780195174885

Dust Bowl : The Southern Plains in The 1930s

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Edition: Anniv.
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 9/30/2004
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press
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Summary

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 ecologicalissues--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 beenproposed, 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 thatonce existed.

Author Biography


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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3(6)
PART ONE A DARKLING PLAIN 9(56)
1. The Black Blizzards Roll In
10(16)
2. If It Rains
26(18)
3. Okies and Exodusters
44(21)
PART TWO PRELUDE TO DUST 65(34)
4. What Holds the Earth Together
66(14)
5. Sodbusting
80(19)
PART THREE CIMARRON COUNTY, OKLAHOMA 99(40)
6. Frontier in Ruins
100(8)
7. When the Cattle Ate Tumbleweeds
108(10)
8. Hard Times in the Panhandle
118(21)
PART FOUR HASKELL COUNTY, KANSAS 139(42)
9. Unsettled Ground
140(8)
10. The Wheat Farmer and the Welfare State
148(16)
11. A Sense of Place
164(17)
PART FIVE A NEW DEAL FOR THE LAND 181(50)
12. Facing up to Limits
182(16)
13. Learning from Nature
198(12)
14. Make Two Blades of Grass Grow
210(21)
Epilogue: On a Thin Edge 231(13)
Afterword 244(11)
Notes 255(30)
Index 285

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