The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl

An Illustrated History

Book - 2012
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In this riveting chronicle, which accompanies a documentary to be broadcast on PBS in the fall, Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns capture the profound drama of the American Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Terrifying photographs of mile-high dust storms, along with firsthand accounts by more than two dozen eyewitnesses, bring to life this heart-wrenching catastrophe, when a combination of drought, wind, and poor farming practices turned millions of acres of the Great Plains into a wasteland, killing crops and livestock, threatening the lives of small children, burying homesteaders' hopes under huge dunes of dirt. Burns and Duncan collected more than 300 mesmerizing photographs, some never before published, scoured private letters, government reports, and newspaper articles, and conducted in-depth interviews to produce a document that may likely be the last recorded testimony of the generation who lived through this defining decade.
Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9781452107943
Branch Call Number: 978.032 DUNCA
Characteristics: 231 p. : ill.
Additional Contributors: Burns, Ken 1953-

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Oct 16, 2014

Amazing photographs really illustrate the hardship of the time period. A school photograph of a class of girls all wearing flour sack dresses. Photos of trucks filled with everything a family owns and kids sitting on the roof, hoping to move it all to somewhere better. Even if you're not interested in reading 200 pages about the Dust Bowl, it's absolutely worth it to check this out just for the photographs.

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