The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who survived the Great American Dust Bowl

The Worst Hard Time

The Worst Hard Time

This book has special meaning to me as my great-grandparents were farmers and ranchers in the midst of the Dust Bowl. The early years cost the family everything and resulted in one branch moving to California in the late 1930s seeking the Promised Land. My Dad always remembered the agony of the forced cattle slaughters and the piteous cries of the rabbits as they were rounded up and clubbed to death. A horrible time that we hope will never be repeated, but a story of the indomitable American Spirit.
 
This visceral account of how America’s great, grassy plains turned to dust, and how the ferocious plains winds stirred up an endless series of “black blizzards” that were like a biblical plague: “Dust clouds boiled up, ten thousand feet or more in the sky, and rolled like moving mountains” in what became known as the Dust Bowl. The people who settled the plains, hardy Americans and immigrants desperate for a piece of land to call their own and lured by the lies of promoters who said the ground was arable, survived despite the hardship and suffering: Hazel Lucas, for instance, dared to give birth in the midst of the blight only to see her baby die of “dust pneumonia” when her lungs clogged with the airborne dirt. With characters who seem to have sprung from a novel by Sinclair Lewis or Steinbeck, this account will long remain in readers’ minds.
 
If you were born in the Texas or Oklahoma Panhandles or know people who were, you need to read this book to understand what real strength and courage is about.
 
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