The Public Interest

Dust bowl days

Roger Starr

Summer 1998

THE Oklahoma Dust Bowl, a sad Midwest farmers’ depression within the Great Depression of the 1930s, has been forgotten by most Americans. But it was a troubling episode in the most troubling decade of the century. Pictures of Oklahoma, stricken by drought and winds that parched topsoil and spoiled crops, struck Americans at the time as signs that nature was adding its own punishment to the man-made economic disaster that appeared endless.

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