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Dust Bowl, USA: Depression America and the Ecological Imagination, 1929-1941

Lookingbill, Brad D.

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ISBN 10: 0821413767 / ISBN 13: 9780821413760
Published by Ohio University Press, Athens OH, 2001
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Title: Dust Bowl, USA: Depression America and the ...

Publisher: Ohio University Press, Athens OH

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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An in-depth look at the historical truth behind the popular myths Whether romantic or tragic, accounts of the dramatic events surrounding the North American Dust Bowl of the dirty thirties unearthed deep anxieities buried in America's ecological imagination. Moreover, the anxieties about a landscape of fear remain embedded in the national consciousness today. In vivid form, the aesthetic of suffering captured in Dorothea Lange's photographs and Wood Guthrie's folk songs made the myths and memories of the Depression generation. Dust Bowl, USA is a critical examination of the stories that grew out of the Dust Bowl experience Across the nation, newspapers, magazines, books, film, and aong, produced imagery of blight for local and mass audiences. As new technology, irrigation innovations, and conservation programs were introduced on a wide scale during the 1930s, the saga of the frontier continued to unfold through accounts of dust, drought, and desertification. In piercing the myths brought forth in legends, lore, allegories, and antecdotes, Brad Lookingbill provides a revelatory insight into the history of the cultural narratives that have come to define an era.

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Brad D. Lookingbill is an assistant professor of history and director of the honors program at Columbia College in Missouri. He has published articles, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews on the American West and environmental history.

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