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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse The Dust Bowl for showing us
how ignorant men can have a huge negative impact on their
environment. Just as they are again doing today with
carbon dioxide emissions and Global Warming!

The Dust Bowl
An Illustrated History

The Dust Bowl by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns (2012) - 232 pages
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Award-winning historians and best-selling authors Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns masterfully illuminate the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history. For almost a decade, a devastating combination of drought, wind, and poor farming practices turned millions of acres of the Great Plains into a wasteland. Ceaseless "black blizzards" turned night into day, killed crops and livestock, threatened the lives of small children, and buried homesteaders' hopes under huge dunes of dirt.

Complementing and expanding on Ken Burns's PBS documentary of the same title, this book captures the grand scale of the catastrophe. The authors tell the story through private letters, newspaper accounts, and vivid interviews conducted with dozens of survivors - the last living witnesses of the Dust Bowl, who provide searing details of their families' ordeals. More than 300 compelling archival photos, some from acclaimed photographers and some, never before published, from amateur locals, help bring this critical period to life, when the forces of greed, misinformation, and wishful thinking conspired to nearly sweep away the breadbasket of the nation.

Here are the stories of incredible hardship: more than 850 million tons of topsoil blew away in a single year; 14 million grasshoppers per square mile descended on parched fields; and one-quarter of the region's inhabitants packed up and left. But the Dust Bowl is also about the courage and resilience of those who remained to save their farms and their families.

A larger narrative emerges: a morality tale about our relationships to the land, a study of the role and limits of government, and an affirmation of the human capacity for heroic perseverance through the crucible of drought, Depression, and dust. Filled with unforgettable images and stories, The Dust Bowl presents a poignant and definitive examination of this overlooked era of American history.

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The Dust Bowl
An Illustrated History

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse The Dust Bowl for showing us
how ignorant men can have a huge negative impact on their
environment. Just as they are again doing today with
carbon dioxide emissions and Global Warming!