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Palgrave Studies in World Environmental History

Dust Bowl

Depression America to World War Two Australia

Authors: Bailey, Janette-Susan

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This book takes the Dust Bowl story beyond Depression America to describe the ‘dust bowl’ concept as a transnational phenomenon, where during World War Two, US and Australian national mythologies converged. Dust Bowl begins with Depression America, the New Deal and the US Dust Bowl where massive dust storms darkened the skies of the Great Plains and triggered a major national and international media event and generated imagery describing a failed yeoman dream, Dust Bowl refugees, and the coming of a new American Desert. Dust Bowl traces the evolution of this imagery to Australia, World War Two and New Deal-inspired stories of conservation-mindedness, soil erosion and enemies, sheep-farmers and traitors, creeping deserts and human extinction, super-human housewives and natural disaster and finally, grand visions of a nation-building post-war scheme for Australia’s iconic Snowy River‒that vision became the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme.

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Janette-Susan Bailey holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales, Australia and has a combined Honors degree in Film, Theatre and Performance Studies / Environmental Studies. She has a background in environmental performance writing and has been nationally and internationally recognized for her cross disciplinary approaches to historical research. She has published in international journals including Environment and History.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: The World Is a Dust Bowl

    Pages 1-23

    Bailey, Janette-Susan

  • Ideas: American Exceptionalism, Social Realism, Women, Deserts, Documentary, Soil, and Civilization

    Pages 27-58

    Bailey, Janette-Susan

  • Three Dust Bowl Narratives: Farmer Attitudes, Human Erosion, Women, and Natural Disaster

    Pages 59-101

    Bailey, Janette-Susan

  • Battlefields of the South-West Pacific: Australian Soil Erosion, Enemies, Graziers, and Traitors in “Dust Bowl” Imagery

    Pages 105-154

    Bailey, Janette-Susan

  • The Australian Constitution and State Politics: Creeping Deserts and Human Extinction in “Dust Bowl” Warnings of Impending Doom

    Pages 155-201

    Bailey, Janette-Susan

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dust Bowl
Book Subtitle
Depression America to World War Two Australia
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in World Environmental History
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58907-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58907-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58049-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 353
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations, 20 illustrations in colour
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