Dust Bowl The Southern Plains in the s In the mid s North America s Great Plains faced one of the worst man made environmental disasters in world history Donald Worster s classic chronicle of the devastating years between and

  • Title: Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s
  • Author: Donald Worster
  • ISBN: 9780195174885
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the mid 1930s, North America s Great Plains faced one of the worst man made environmental disasters in world history Donald Worster s classic chronicle of the devastating years between 1929 and 1939 tells the story of the Dust Bowl in ecological as well as human terms.Now, twenty five years after his book helped to define the new field of environmental history, WorsterIn the mid 1930s, North America s Great Plains faced one of the worst man made environmental disasters in world history Donald Worster s classic chronicle of the devastating years between 1929 and 1939 tells the story of the Dust Bowl in ecological as well as human terms.Now, twenty five years after his book helped to define the new field of environmental history, Worster shares his recent thoughts on the subject of the land and how humans interact with it In a new afterword, he links the Dust Bowl to current political, economic and ecological issues including the American livestock industry s exploitation of the Great Plains, and the on going problem of desertification, which has now become a global phenomenon He reflects on the state of the plains today and the threat of a new dustbowl He outlines some solutions that have been proposed, such as the Buffalo Commons, where deer, antelope, bison and elk would once roam freely, and suggests that we may yet witness a Great Plains where native flora and fauna flourish while applied ecologists show farmers how to raise food on land modeled after the natural prairies that once existed.

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    1. Not exactly a page turner:-)But I enjoyed every page of it. I was expecting more lurid tales of scoured automobiles and blackened skies, but that part was over with quickly and it concentrated on the four-way collision of politics, economics, bad science and Mother Nature that resulted in the near-destruction of America's low-grass prairie. First time, then again, then again.Some lessons were learned and some still need to be learned, for instance, in our management of the California desert. cur [...]

    2. In his 1979 work Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s Donald Worster examined the causes and consequences of too extensive farming on the Great Plains. As drought settled into the plains in the early thirties, soil exposed for farming dried out. Small but frequent dust storms in 1932 and 1933 gave way to the great disturbances kicked off on May 9th of 1934 when hundreds of millions of tons of dirt from the northern plains states swirled up into the jet stream. Dubuque and Madison were coa [...]

    3. Another review for class: Taking a sub-field and making it its own field of historical study is no easy task, and Donald Worster handles it masterfully in this seminal work of Environmental History. While the focus stems from interest in personal geography, Worster eloquently takes on what is seen as one of the worst modern environmental disasters, the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and shows how human negligence was its key cause. Broken into five unequal parts that are equally scattered with poignant [...]

    4. In the midst of the Great Depression in the 1930's, the Great Plains states faced the additional hardship of one of the worst environmental disasters commonly known as the Dust Bowl. Traditionally grassland, the area was not well-suited to the kind of extensive farming that preceded those years. And once the natural grass which held the soil together was gone and the regular cycle of drought hit, there was nothing to stop the wind from blowing it across the land or into huge dust storms that rag [...]

    5. As someone who, a few years back, read Timothy Egan's "The Worst Hard Time," and later saw Ken Burns' Dust Bowl series, my mind has been captured by the terrible struggles engendered when millions of acres of prairie earth no longer could stay attached to the ground below. As described so well and so dramatically in those renditions: people could not see their hand in front of their face; automobiles were rendered unusable; grown men and women were killed and injured by the electricity generated [...]

    6. Donald Worster explains how the Dust Bowl--occurring at the same time as the economic Great Depression--was not just an environmental coincidence, but a process linked to economic determinants. As Americans--farmers/producers and consumers alike--viewed nature as capital, felt entitled to exploit nature without boundaries, and encouraged a social order that left personal wealth pursuits unchecked, the American capitalistic system devastated the grassland ecology of the Great Plains (Kansas, Okla [...]

    7. In this acclaimed environmental history, Donald Worster convincingly argues that the Dust Bowl was a product of human action centered around the ideology of capitalism, and not simply an environmental catastrophe produced by drought. His argument is convincing as he uses historical material to show that farmers conceptualized their relationship of the land solely by the amount of capital they could take from it, and only adopted conservation methods as a means to bolster their profits, not becau [...]

    8. Donald Worster is a history professor at the University of Kansas who returns to his Kansas roots to write this intellectual examination of the Dust Bowl. While he presents the hardship of those living on the plains, the message tat you can not miss is that capitalism caused the Dirty Thirties. Farmers caught up in the mass production of automobiles, trucks, tractors, combines, etc. turned too much land and created a major problem with wind driven soil erosion. Worster emphasizes that the desire [...]

    9. In this year of extreme weather, when a mysterious "blocking event" in the gulf stream has been linked not just to greenhouse gases but to the catastrophic flooding in Pakistan and the 800+ wildfires in Russia, anyone genuinely interested in probing the meaning of climate change adaptation, and in grasping the inevitably destructive logic of our economic growth ideal should read this vivid, eloquently-argued environmental history. Worster argues that there was a link between the Dust Bowl and th [...]

    10. Bancroft Prize award-winner Donald Worster's "Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s" is a rich, nuanced and robustly academic examination of the worst human-caused ecological disaster of the 20th Century - the so-called Dust Bowl during the "dirty 30s."Unlike a number of other appraisals of the Dust Bowl I've read since the airing of Ken Burns' PBS film on the subject two years ago, Worster (who was interviewed extensively in that film) has a provocative and somewhat controversial hypothes [...]

    11. Classic environmental history. Worster's a Marxist, so he is sharply critical of the way Americans overly use the land, producing cash crops and pushing the soil past reasonable limits. He sells this part of his argument — the manmade nature of the Dust Bowl — effectively. Yet his recommendation that Americans have fewer children and consume less food is likely to fall on deaf ears. Yes, those actions might help the planet, but let's be honest: Most people don't change behaviors until a disa [...]

    12. I also read Timothy Egan's book, The Worst Hard Time, another fantastic book about the Dust Bowl and the human impact - environmental & economical. Timothy Egan's book reads like a great novel, from a journalists point of view. I thought this book may be more of the same but it wasn't. Worster's approach is more.emic? philosophical? Reading the two books gives rounded knowledge of how the Dust Bowl came to be. Why did they only teach the inconsequential details in school? Who knew this time [...]

    13. This book won a Bancroft, and for good reason--it offers a complex analysis of the economic, cultural, and ecological factors that contributed to one of the country's worst natural disasters while remaining an enjoyable, readable history. By far the best environmental history book I've read, Worster weaves enough social history into the narrative to illustrate the complicated relationship Americans have had with their land. He takes a critical yet understanding view of the plainsmen and places t [...]

    14. I haven't read it in a few years, but I remember that this book was horrendously economically illiterate. Also, it says that the New Deal was not all that radical or antithetical to freedom because it was less radical than Germany, and the offhanded way the author makes the statement conceals that he is talking about Nazi Germany. I hardly believe that the New Deal was just merely because it was not as unjust as Nazi Germany, and I have never read anywhere else such a poorly conceived defense of [...]

    15. a comprehensive account of the progression of agriculture & the accompanying mindset of the people of the dust bowl in the 1930s era. definitely not a thrilling read (had to really force myself to basically read it all in a day hah), but does a solid job demonstrating how the culture of capitalism fostered the desire to consistently expand and profit at the cost of the land's conservation. another account of how humans separate themselves from nature and ultimately end up destroying these re [...]

    16. I really enjoyed reading this book because it was so informative about the effects of the Dust Bowl on America. Reading this book helped me learn a lot more about the Dust Bowl and made writing my research paper easier. This book analyzes the ecological and economical factors that caused the Dust Bowl. I liked that Worster talks about the state of the plains today and about the threat of yet another Dust Bowl occurring. He also offers solutions such as allowing deer, antelope, bison, and elk to [...]

    17. With the Dust Bowl it's easy to think "drag, bad weather. For years." and then write it off. Who knew it was people, the economy, and about 738 other factors converging at the same exact time to create such a violent shit (dust?) storm. An amazing book. About dust.

    18. Although I'm not convinced capitalism caused the Dust Bowl. I think it is interesting to look at it from this frame. Although it was a natural disaster, the human disaster was amplified by the (capitalistic?) mindset and policy of the time.

    19. A solid environmental and social history of the Dust Bowl. Worster correlates the caustic economic and environmental effects of 1920's capitalism with the dust bowl. The Dust Bowl was part of a misshapen American dream.

    20. "But the experiences of overproduction and dust storms were sufficiently traumatic to produce a revised maxim for business farming in the decade: do not interfere with us when we are making money, but rescue us when we are going bankrupt." Sound familiar?

    21. This book was recomended by author Dan Flores as part of the Rocky Mountain Land Library's "A Reading List For the President Elect: A Western Primer for the Next Administration."

    22. In this award winning work of environmental and agricultural history, Worster argues that American ideologies, "unrestrained" capitalism in particular, caused the Dust Bowl of the "dirty thirties."

    23. Read this book for a history course my freshman year in college. Personally, thought the book was dry and involved too many statistics that no importance or value to the subject.

    24. The descriptions of how much dust was in the air at this time is downright mind boggling I learned a lot more about the financial aspect of the depression era so this was an interesting read.

    25. This is another incredible book by Donald Worster! Well worth reading for anyone interested in the environment or economics. The Afterword is remarkable.

    26. Solid and well supported in arguments. Kept my interest even though the subject is dry (pun intended).

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