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

Author: Timothy Egan
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co. : Distributed by World Book Night U.S., ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Mariner books edition 2006View all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Egan
ISBN: 9780618773473 0618773479
OCLC Number: 847692089
Notes: World Book Night April 23, 2013.
Description: x, 340 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Promise: the great plowup, 1901-1930. --
The wanderer --
No man's land --
Creating Dalhart --
High plains Deutsch --
Last of the great plowup --
pt. 2. Betrayal, 1931-1933. --
First wave --
A darkening --
In a dry land --
New leader, New Deal --
Big blows --
pt. 3. 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.
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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.

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