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Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 454

Here are some quotes from Dust Bowl by Donald Worster:

  • "But remote and unappealing as they may be, the plains are still important to us all. They remain, after much abuse, one of our greatest agricultural treasures—a crucial source of food, not only for ourselves but for an undernourished world. They are also a land with which we have not fully learned to be at peace, where our institutions, even after 100 years, do not fit in and belong" (4). The author discusses the ways in which human abuse of the plains is a modern-day reminder of how sensitive our environment is. The Dust Bowl is a lesson in how we should not treat the land, but many have forgotten this lesson.
  • "My argument . . . is that there was in fact a close link between the Dust Bowl and the Depression . . . Both events revealed fundamental weaknesses in the traditional culture of America, the one in ecological terms, the other in economic" (5). The author's argument is that, while some historians do not see a link between the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, there is a link. Both disasters show the results of abuse; the Great Depression was the result of economic abuses, while the Dust Bowl was the result of environmental abuses.
  • "For the Plains Indian, use was definitely implied in man's relation with the ecological community, but reverence, it was always insisted, is where use must begin. There was nothing unusual in this ethical-religious stance. It seems to be the way of thinking everywhere among people who have lived for a very long time in intimacy with the land, who have never thought about devising elaborate technologies, who have scaled their wants to a limited world, and, above all, who have a lively sense of...

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