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 is often a major amassing of first-person debts of the trauma of the Nineteen Thirties within the Heartland, amassed jointly and assessed via historians from the gap of a number of many years. Many americans inform their tales during this booklet in regards to the airborne dirt and dust Bowl, arguably one of many maximum environmental mess ups ever to befall the U.S.. Their works inform of ache and resilience, of negative loss and wary desire, and of defeat and defiance. The publication additionally appears to be like on the suggestions they discovered for facing their plight, together with every little thing from easily packing up and leaving their houses to discovering medical how one can paintings with, instead of opposed to, the land to embracing radical political suggestions. Divided right into a component to modern debts and a moment of retrospective research, this publication may be of curiosity to students within the box of Western historical past and the final reader looking to study extra approximately what it was once prefer to reside in and during the Depression-era dirt Bowl.

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Businesspeople and the Catholic Church were prominent in their opposition to the farmers; on at least one occasion they used force to drive out farmers intent on rigging an auction. Above all, farmers wanted to avoid being "put on the road," losing everything to a bank or creditor. Banding together seemed to help soothe and sometimes placate those fears. , to explain their plight to Congress. Other groups had recently marched on Washington, with very mixed results. A contingency of Western farmers was to meet in Madison County, Nebraska, and go on to Washington.

Contemporary Accounts: The Plight of Farmers in the Great Depression, 19311936 15 A. Early Dust Bowl Distress and Anger, 19311932 21 1. Share Croppers Are Drought Victims, New York Times, January 27, 1931 21 2. Get Away From Those Cows, Colliers, February 27, 1932 23 B. The Farmers Go on Strike, 19321933 37 1. Why the Farmers' Holiday, Milo Reno memoirs, July 20, 1932 37 2. The Farmers Go on Strike, New Republic, August 31, 1932 43 3. Nebraska Farmers in Action, New Republic, January 18, 1933 48 C.

481984 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Americans View their Dust Bowl experience / edited by John R. Wunder, Frances W. Kaye, and Vernon Carstensen. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-87081-507-5 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. Great PlainsHistory20th centurySources. 2. Great Plains Economic conditionsSources. 3. Great PlainsRural conditions Sources. 4. Depressions1929Great PlainsSources. 5. DroughtsGreat PlainsHistory20th centurySources. 6. Dust stormsGreat PlainsHistory20th centurySources.

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