The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
The author explores the settling of the southern plains in the early 1900s and the farming methods used to turn grasslands into a wasteland. When the drought of the late 1920s and 1930s comes, the Dust Bowl was created. This book follows several families who only wanted a small piece of land for themselves and their families. The reality of living day after day in the nightmare of blowing wind and dust comes to life in this National Book Award winner.
The Children's Blizzard by David Lasking (2004) tells the true story of a similar misunderstanding of land in the northern plains a generation earlier. Novels about the dust bowl include The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939) and The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas (1996). The documentary The Plow that Broke the Plains (1934) was filmed during the dustbowl.
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