The Dust Bowl : An Illustrated History

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.

Baker & Taylor
Draws on reports, newspaper articles, and interviews to chronicle the American Dust Bowl, providing photographs to illustrate the catastrophe as well as offer a tribute to man's relationship to the land and his ability to persevere.

Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781452107943
Branch Call Number: 978.032 DUNCA
Notes: "Based on a film by Ken Burns, produced by Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns, and Julie Dunfey, written by Dayton Duncan."


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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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