March 7, 2017

Americans view their Dust Bowl experience by John R. Wunder, Frances W. Kaye, Vernon Carstensen

By John R. Wunder, Frances W. Kaye, Vernon Carstensen

This can be a major amassing of first-person debts of the trauma of the Nineteen Thirties within the Heartland, gathered jointly and assessed through historians from the space of numerous many years. Many americans inform their tales during this publication concerning the airborne dirt and dust Bowl, arguably one of many maximum environmental failures ever to befall the us. Their works inform of pain and resilience, of poor loss and wary wish, and of defeat and defiance. The ebook additionally seems to be on the recommendations they discovered for facing their plight, together with every thing from easily packing up and leaving their houses to discovering medical how you can paintings with, instead of opposed to, the land to embracing radical political recommendations. Divided right into a component of modern bills and a moment of retrospective research, this booklet can be of curiosity to students within the box of Western historical past and the overall reader trying to study extra approximately what it used to be prefer to stay in and during the Depression-era airborne dirt and dust Bowl.

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Even the Ku Klux Klan entered the political fray. Throughout the economic, environmental, and political turmoil, answers were sought: Why had this crisis happened? The media had explanations. Radical newspapers, such as the Producers News of Plentywood, Montana, described business leaders as "greedy Kaisers" and farmers as "selfless patriots," and its publishers eventually touted communism as the solution. The federal government under Roosevelt sought to explain the crisis to the American people through film.

New York Times, January 27, 1931 <><><><><><> A full account of the "cow war" in Cedar County, Iowa, is found in Frank D. Dileva, "Frantic Farmers Fight Law," Annals of Iowa 32 (Fall 1953):81109. Briefer accounts appear in John L. Shover, Cornbelt Rebellion: The Farmers' Holiday Association (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1956), pp. 128132; and Dale Kramer, The Wild Jackasses: Page 23 The American Farmer in Revolt (New York: Hastings House, 1956), pp. 207219. These disturbances were not a direct response to the Depression, but they reflect something of the desperation and perhaps the irrationality of farmers pressed beyond endurance.

Page 13 Svobida, Lawrence, An Empire of Dust (Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Printers, 1940). Tannehill, Ivan Ray, Drought: Its Causes and Effects (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1947). : Clark University, Center for Technology, Environment, and Development, 1980). Wecter, Dixon, The Age of the Great Depression, 19291941 (New York: Macmillan, 1948). , Milo Reno: Farmers' Union Pioneer, the Story of a Man and a Movement (Iowa City: Athens Press, 1941). Worster, Donald, Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s (New York: Oxford University Press, 1979).

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