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The Great American Dust Bowl: 04/24/17

The Great American Dust Bowl

The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown is a graphic novel styled history of the events leading up to the dust storms of the Great Depression that ravaged the Great Plains states.

Ranchers hoping for cheap, easy grazing for their herds were unable to make a living. The environment was too harsh. They in turn dumped their lands on unsuspecting settlers hoping to make a go with farming.

Drawing of a farmer

Slash and burn followed by the planting of wheat, which was artificially inflated in value following WWI, made for a destruction of the natural environment.

After setting up the circumstances for the dust storms, Brown spends the rest of the book chronicling the events of those storms. Drought and wind resulted in nine years of dust storms of growing severity, some of which reached New York.

drawing of tankers dropping dust

Brown has one illustration of airborne supertankers leaving a wake of dust. It's a memorable way to show how much dust was torn up and carried across the country in the largest of the storms.

Five stars

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Comment #1: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:19:11

Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium

Sarah you get like the coolest books ever. I like this book! I haven't read many stories about the dust storms of the Great Depression. Love the airborn supertankers! I'm checking this one our for sure!

Comment #2: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 12:24:00


I'm not sure where I first heard about this book. I remember special ordering it through my local book store. And then it just took me two years to get around to reading it!

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