One of the topics that’s come up at many of the One Book — One Lincoln book discussions regarding The Worst Hard Time has been the issue of “Could it happen again?”
The Dust Bowl of the 1930s was the result of a variety of ecological, economic, political and geological conditions that all came together at the same time. Do you think the same type of conditions could occur again, leading to another Dust Bowl-like incident?
One the most common ways in which readers have been participating in the 2007 One Book — One Lincoln events is by sharing their own personal or family Dust Bowl memories.
We’d like to encourage you to continue sharing such stories, beyond the limitations of a small book discussion group — please feel free to reply to this discussion thread on the One Book — One Lincoln Blog, and share your tales from that period with fellow on-line readers.
Are you one of the gritty, determined midwesterners who survived the ecological and economic nightmare that was the Plains states in the 1930s and 1940s? Or are you a generation or two removed — can you recall your parents’ or grandparents’ stories of what they went through? What memories were stirred up for you by reading Timothy Egan’s book, The Worst Hard Time?
Please feel free to post comments, as lengthy as you wish, so that others in our community can continue to learn and be informed via today’s technological method of oral history!