I just read The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

This is a remarkable story of people
who survived through the dust bowl.
It was well written
and I found it extremely interesting. I thought the style of detailing
first person accounts was very effective. Here are a few thoughts I had
while reading the book:

 

  • I had no idea just how bad things
    had gotten during the dust bowl
    .
    I remember reading about the dust bowl in history class as a child.
    But to hear written first hand accounts of the situation and to know the stories
    of particular people brought the misery of the dust bowl to life. The book
    is a very effective tool in communicating this part of our history.

    Dust bowl

    Dust bowl

  • The dust bowl is a clear warning of
    unintended consequences of central planning.

    A government commission that studied the problem clearly saw that a large
    cause of the problem was the government itself. The desire to settle the
    midwest was push with incentives instead of allowed to grow naturally.
    Governments should only get involved when a problem cannot be solved
    without its input.

    Dust bowl

    Dust bowl

  • The book confirms me in my interest
    in more sustainable practices.
    I am in the process of
    buying some land at the time of this writing. My interest in gardening is
    growing and I have plans to add different aspects. But I plan on paying
    attention to the land with an eye towards the future. Hopefully I will
    leave the land in better shape than when I arrive.

    dust bowl

    dust bowl

    I recommend this
    book.
    I think it is a great way to learn about our
    history. It is important to know mistakes of the past so we can recognize
    them as they occur in our lifetimes. When we see them, we can hopefully
    make better decisions in how to respond to them. I was surprised to learn
    that there were people who stayed in some of the hardest hit areas out of
    pride. They stayed even as family members left or died and they had no
    hope of doing much better than simply surviving. Having a historical
    perspective will at least hopefully save people from flawed thinking such
    as, “It can never happen to me” or the sunk cost fallacy.

    family during the dust bowl

    family during the dust bowl

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