"This book. . . offers readers an intimate understanding of natural, economic, and political facets of one of the greatest environmental disasters to befall the United States."
—Great Plains Research
"The journalism included in this volume is of a very high quality, politically charged and historically rich. A useful resource for students of American history."
"Americans View Their Dust Bowl Experience offers a compelling selection of eyewitness accounts, newspaper reports, and contemporary magazine articles. These documents put words to the faces and make the past live again."
—James P. Ronda, author of Lewis and Clark Among the Indians
Americans View Their Dust Bowl Experience is an important gathering of first-person accounts of the trauma of the 1930s in the Heartland, collected together and assessed by historians from the distance of several decades.
Many Americans tell their stories in this book about the Dust Bowl, arguably one of the greatest environmental disasters ever to befall the United States. Their words tell of suffering and resilience, of terrible loss and cautious hope, and of defeat and defiance. Americans View Their Dust Bowl Experience also looks at the solutions they found for dealing with their plight, including everything from simply packing up and leaving their homes to finding scientific ways to work with, rather than against, the land to embracing radical political solutions. Divided into a section of contemporary accounts and a second of retrospective analysis, this book will be of interest to scholars in the field of Western History and the general reader seeking to learn more about what it was like to live in and through the Depression-era Dust Bowl.