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The Worst Hard Time - The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl-logo

The Worst Hard Time - The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

Timothy Egan

The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, going from sod huts to new framed houses to huddling in basements with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out. He follows their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Drawing on the voices of those who stayed and survived-those who, now in their eighties and nineties, will soon carry their memories to the grave-Egan tells a story of endurance and heroism against the backdrop of the Great Depression. Egan captures the very voice of the time-its grit, pathos, and abiding heroism-as only great history can. Combining the human drama of Isaac's Storm with the sweep of The American People in the Great Depression, The Worst Hard Time is a lasting and important work of American history.

The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, going from sod huts to new framed houses to huddling in basements with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out. He follows their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Drawing on the voices of those who stayed and survived-those who, now in their eighties and nineties, will soon carry their memories to the grave-Egan tells a story of endurance and heroism against the backdrop of the Great Depression. Egan captures the very voice of the time-its grit, pathos, and abiding heroism-as only great history can. Combining the human drama of Isaac's Storm with the sweep of The American People in the Great Depression, The Worst Hard Time is a lasting and important work of American history.
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Genres:

History

Description:

The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, going from sod huts to new framed houses to huddling in basements with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out. He follows their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Drawing on the voices of those who stayed and survived-those who, now in their eighties and nineties, will soon carry their memories to the grave-Egan tells a story of endurance and heroism against the backdrop of the Great Depression. Egan captures the very voice of the time-its grit, pathos, and abiding heroism-as only great history can. Combining the human drama of Isaac's Storm with the sweep of The American People in the Great Depression, The Worst Hard Time is a lasting and important work of American history.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Patrick Lawlor

Length:

11h 44m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

25:58


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

44:52


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

45:55


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

16:38


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

35:21


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

39:24


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

28:30


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

29:29


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

30:04


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

19:12


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

13:18


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

24:13


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

36:44


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

11:04


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

41:38


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

11:23


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

51:53


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

35:46


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

11:34


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

21:57


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

26:03


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

18:35


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

09:54


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

33:12


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

18:48


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

23:11