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Dust Bowl

The Southern Plains in the 1930s

25th Anniversary Edition

Donald Worster

Publication Date - September 2004

ISBN: 9780195174885

304 pages
Paperback
6-7/16 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $21.95

A twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Donald Worster's classic chronicle of Dust Bowl

Description

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.

Features

  • 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
  • The updated edition, links the Dust Bowl to current political, economic and ecological issues
  • Worster reflects on the state of the plains today and outlines some solutions that have been proposed

About the Author(s)

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.

Reviews

"An exciting, provocative, and stimulating study.... It has much to say to historians, environmentalists, and public policy makers."--American Historical Review

"A gracefully written and fascinating book."--History

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part One A Darkling Plain
    1. The Black Blizzards Roll In
    2. If It Rains
    3. Okies and Exodusters
    Part Two Prelude to Dust
    4. What Holds the Earth Together
    5. Sodbusting
    Part Three Cimarron County, Oklahoma
    6. Frontier in Ruins
    7. When the Cattle Ate Tumbleweeds
    8. Hard Times in the Panhandle
    Part Four Haskell County, Kansas
    9. Unsettled Ground
    10. The Wheat Farmer and the Welfare State
    11. A Sense of Place
    Part Five A New Deal for the Land
    12. Facing up to Limits
    13. Learning from Nature
    14. Make Two Blades of Grass Grow
    Epilogue: On a Thin Edge
    Afterword