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by William H. Hull




Thousands of people faced near starvation during the depression and drought days of the nineteen-thirties. People in cities sought ways to escape the devastating heat, to sleep at night, to breathe without suffocating from dust that filtered into homes and lungs, to obtain enough food just to keep their family alive. People on farms had more to eat but no spending money. While they lived on such things as cornbread and grease or potatoes alone, they saw their crops drying up and failing, to produce. Hordes of grasshoppers ate everything in sight, even some of the fence posts. In this book the author, William H. Hull, shares with you the experiences of 147 people who lived through those terrible years. People from 21 different states tell 151 different stories-all young people at the time, telling now how they managed to exist. Read about the black dust storm clouds that rolled in suddenly and wiped out vision, the heat that sometimes burst thermometers, how people fried eggs on the sidewalks. Read one person's lament about "How Mother, Canned, Patched and Prayed", or another's of how a rare rainstorm panicked the school kids. Read about using honey in radiators, about the thirty-four successive days of 100 or greater temperature in St. Louis, or how it was a struggle between severe blizzards in January and all-time heat records and dust in the summers. Written and edited by Hull, author of the best-selling ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE, a book about the "Armistice Day Blizzard of November 11, 1940"
Download The Dirty Thirties: Tales of the Nineteen Thirties During Which Occurred a Great Drought, a Lengthy Depression and the Era Commonly Called the Dust epub
ISBN: 0939330032
ISBN13: 978-0939330034
Category: Other
Author: William H. Hull
Language: English
Publisher: William H Hull (August 1, 1989)
Pages: 305 pages
ePUB size: 1722 kb
FB2 size: 1142 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 462
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Mikarr
for a relative
Saithi
This book is a selection of stories, told in the voice of the person who was interviewed, about what the dustbowl years were like. I loved seeing the different takes on life at that time. One thing the author did was stay true to the voice of the person so you will find the work strange as it is not 'edited'. Still, I thought the stories were worth it.
While I don't know and have never met the author of this book, I was fortunate enough to know one of the contributors, Lillian Jeffryes. I had an opportunity to see the house where she lived during the dustbowl and found her description of all that dust, in everything including their food interesting (if a little repetitious). Looking at the house (long since torn down), I thought of all that dust swirling around, eking into every little crack.
For someone interested in what it was like, this is a very good book.
misery
My Grandma Gertrude wrote one of the stories for this book. I am so glad to have her stories now that she is gone...
Flamekiller
This book consists of short, personal recollections describing the daily life and tribulations of real, mainly rural people who lived through the depression years of the 1930s.
It's an unpolished, un-literary collection of voices, with some voices being more credible than others. Some of the stories aren't meant to be taken seriously.
If you're interested in the history of the rural midwest, you will find this book extremely interesting. It offers a lot of insight into what people really owned, and what they did from day to day.