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History Cafe Message Board › Great Books on the Dust Bowl

Great Books on the Dust Bowl

A former member
Post #: 3
Greetings History Buffs,

It's hard to think about bone dry dust storms when it's pouring rain outside, but here are a few books to check out at Third Place or Seattle Public Library when our history cafe this week inspires you to learn more about Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl.

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
by Timothy Egan

Peter Blecha’s article about Woody's time in the Northwest
Cassandra Tate’s "biography" of Grand Coulee Dam

Grand Coulee Dam (Images of America: Washington)

B Street: The Notorious Playground of Coulee Dam, by Lawney L. Reyes

Bound For Glory (published in 1968).

Joe Klein's biography, Woody Guthrie: A Life (originally published in 1980, reissued in paperback in 1999)

Hard Travelin’: The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie, edited by Robert Santelli and Emily Davidson.
A former member
Post #: 6
You thought those were the only suggestions we had? Ha! Here are some more books to add to your reading list:

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America
By Timothy Egan

Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s
By Donald Worster

The Grapes of Wrath
By John Steinbeck

The Dust Bowl: men, dirt, and depression‎
By Mathew Paul Bonnifield

On the cause of the 1930s Dust Bowl
By Siegfried D. Schubert, Max J. Suarez, Philip J. Pegion, Randal D. Koster, Julio T. Bacmeister
Science
**Editor's note: For the science-minded history buff!

Small farms, externalities, and the dust bowl of the 1930s
By Zeynep K. Hansen and Gary D. Libecap
Chicago Journals, Journal of Political Economy
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