Day Two Hundred Ninety-five

Light at the Edge of the Dust Bowl

After writing yesterday about learning new things and using time wisely, I decided to get back to the unfinished digital audio books that are just sitting on my phone. Today while walking around my neighborhood, I listened to The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan. This book, about the Dust Bowl and the effects on the residents in “No Man’s Land” (around the panhandle of Oklahoma) in the 1930s, has been a great nonfiction read.

I’m at the point in the book where “Black Sunday,”  the worst dust storm of the era, has just occurred in April, 1935. In Washington D.C., Hugh Bennett, the appointed director of the Soil Erosion Service since 1933 was having trouble getting support from Congress for the Soil Conservation Act. After consulting meteorological reports, he cleverly scheduled a meeting of influential Congressmen just days after Black Sunday. During the meeting, the dirt from Oklahoma blew into Washington D. C. The bill passed within days. (Stories like this are better than fiction!)

Folks were starting to realize that it wasn’t just the drought. Much of the dust bowl occurred because of agricultural practices, and in the short term at least, attention was given to the folks in the region that needed help. There was hope.

Interesting stuff; good walk!


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