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Part 1: Introduction  The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan, is about life during the Great Depression and dust bowl.  This 340 page story was published in 2006.   The Worst Hard Time is about several families searching for a new place to live and work.  They set forth Part 2: Summary of the ContentThe book is organized into three parts, and 25 chapters.  Along with an introduction, epilogue, and notes/sources.  The main idea of the book is the Great American Dust Bowl, and overall survival during this time period.  The thesis of the book is that it’s the government’s fault that the dust bowl happened.  The government passed the Homestead Act, which caused the farmers to try and farm the dry land, where the wind picked up the dust and caused the storms.  Along with the government not helping the people out. Part one summary-  In part one it discusses how families were traveling to Texas and Oklahoma.  Their journey wasn’t the greatest, such as losing horses along the way.  Bam and his family were on their way to Texas to look for work.  Along with Ehrlich’s family looking for the same, but in “No Man’s Land”.  When they arrived they didn’t find any work, but Bam found a man that let them stay in his shack.  Part two summary- ‘Betrayal’ is the name of the part, because it’s about how the government had given them the land to plant their own crops, but the people didn’t know that the ground was going to dry up.  They had forgotten about the drought.  Also the wheat prices fell.  All of this dry land being worked on and cattle roaming on it brought the dust up into the air.  Which greatly contributed to the storms.  Since the prices and land went down the drain, the banks also began to fail.  These series of events made the struggle real, to try and support their families.   Part three summary- The ‘Blowup’ describes how the dust storms were getting worse and worse.  The storms were getting so bad that people in the East were noticing.  The worst of the storms happened in part three, Black Sunday.  Soon President Roosevelt decided to take action.  What the president did is form the Soil Conservation Service.  Also once the stock market crashed, The Great Depression really began.  But once the 1940’s came around the prices started to rise again, and also it started to rain again.  Part 3: Evaluation of the BookThe book is very convincing.  I believe that the people had every right to be upset with congress. And that the government should have helped immediately when the people sent the telegrams with 1,500 signatures asking for help.  The people were struggling to make ends meet.    Some questions I have for the author are: Did your grandmother live through the dust bowl? Besides your dad and grandmother, what else inspired you to write the book?How did you find all the information and resources to write the book?Why did you include all the photos?I learned that the dust bowl wasn’t just an environmental incident.  Before this book I never would have thought that the government would have something to do with the dust bowl.  Also I don’t think it was fair at all that the government knew all these things, but still gave them the land and told them to farm.  I also learned MANY side facts; about the indians, towns, and families.  There were so many facts at times the information was hard to retain.  There were a lot of small things to remember.  Also the pictures were super helpful on giving an insight to what life was like during this time.  And it was really neat to have real photos to look at.  The author put so much detail into this book, I would recommend it to anyone who wanted to learn more about the dust bowl.   Part 4: Historical FactsApril 14th, 1935 is known as Black Sunday.  It was the worst storm of the dust bowl.  Blackness covered the whole sky, it looked like the middle of the night.    “On january 21, 1932 a brownish cloud of ten thousand feet high rose from the ground.” these storms happened quite often, when it was over EVERYTHING was covered in black dust. Or when you coughed or sneezed ‘something’ black came out. By 1910 there was almost two hundred million acres patented by homesteaders; and more than half of it was in the great plains.

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