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Surviving the Dust Bowl

I watched most of Ken Burns’ documentary on the Dust Bowl recently on P-B-S and Channel 8. Much of that film is based on an excellent book by Timothy Egan published in 2006, “The Worst Hard Time”. I consider it a must-read for anyone interested in American history.
Taking advantage of high wheat prices during the first part of the 20th century, our government and the prospect of wealth sent people flooding onto the plains of western Kansas, eastern Colorado, and the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles. They plowed up the natural prairie grass and planted wheat. All went well until nature struck back with a decade-long drought. Meanwhile, the stock market crashed and Americans lost jobs by the millions.
The story of how those people survived … and many did not … is both heart-breaking and inspiring. During the Dust Bowl there were no jobs and on the farms, no food. Many say those people were “saved” by World War Two.
Our thought for today is from Franklin D. Roosevelt:
“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

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Locations : ColoradoEastern ColoradoKansasOklahomaTexasWestern Kansas
People : Franklin D. RooseveltKen BurnsTimothy Egan

11/29/2012 12:51AM
Surviving the Dust Bowl
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