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The worst hard time : the untold story of those who survived the great American dust bowl  Cover Image Book Book

The worst hard time : the untold story of those who survived the great American dust bowl / Timothy Egan.

Egan, Timothy. (Author).


"The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, going from sod homes to new framed houses to huddling in basements with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out. He follows their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black blizzards, crop failure, and the deaths of loved ones. Drawing on the voices of those who stayed and survived - those who, now in their eighties and nineties, will soon carry their memories to the grave - Egan tells a story of endurance and heroism against the backdrop of the Great Depression." Also includes information on alcohol, automobiles and leaving Dust Bowl, banks, bootleggers, cattle, cowboys, dust pneumonia, exodusters, farming, food foreclosures, grasses and grasslands, grasshoppers, Great American Desert, heat, homestead land, horses, houses, illnesses, Last Man Club, livestock, Native Americans, newspapers, prices, railroads, rainfall, relocation from Dust Bowl, Resettlement Administration, salaries, soil conservation, soil erosion, static electricity, tractors, tumbleweeds, winds and windstorms, etc.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780618773473
  • ISBN: 061834697X
  • ISBN: 9780618346974
  • Physical Description: x, 340 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., [2006]

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General Note:
Publisher, publishing date and paging may vary.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-327) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Promise: the great plowup, 1901-1930 -- The wanderer -- No man's land -- Creating Dalhart -- High plains Deutsch -- Last of the great plowup -- Betrayal, 1931-1933 -- First wave -- A darkening -- In a dry land -- New leader, New Deal -- Big blows -- Blowup, 1934-1939 -- Triage -- The long darkness -- The struggle for air -- Showdown in Dalhart -- Duster's eve -- Black Sunday -- A call to arms -- Goings -- Witnesses -- The saddest land -- Verdict -- Cornhusker II -- The last men -- Cornhusker III -- Rain.
Subject: Dust Bowl Era, 1931-1939.
Droughts > Great Plains > History > 20th century.
Dust storms > Great Plains > History > 20th century.
Depressions > 1929 > Great Plains.
Great Plains > History > 20th century.
Great Plains > Social conditions > 20th century.

Available copies

  • 58 of 61 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Cass County.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Cass County Library-Harrisonville 978.032 EGA 2006 (Text) 0002206328607 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Cass County Library-Northern Resource Center 978.032 EGA 2006 (Text) 0002205108125 Adult Non-Fiction Available -

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