Jan 23, 2020 the dust bowl was the name given to an area of the great plains southwestern kansas, oklahoma panhandle, texas panhandle, northeastern new mexico, and southeastern colorado that was devastated by nearly a decade of drought and soil erosion during the 1930s. In dust bowl girls, lydia reeder notes that many, if not all, of the young women who lived on their families oklahoma farms wore dresses made from flour or feed sacks. Oklahoma presbyterian college, under the direction of sam babb, was able to fund smalltown, farm girls going to college through basketball scholarship. Like so many others, this charismatic midwestern basketball coach wanted a reason to have hope. The dust bowl was the famous metaphor used to describe the californian land. Unsustainable farming practices worsened the droughts effect, killing the crops that kept the soil in place. As high winds and choking dust swept the region from texas to nebraska, people and livestock were killed and crops failed across the entire region. Farming methods have changed quite a bit since the 1930s. The dust bowl was the name given to the droughtstricken southern plains region of the united states, which suffered severe dust storms during a dry period in the 1930s. At the time, before the ready availability of store bought or bakery products, farm women bought their flour in sacks of 25100 pounds. How the dust bowl girls hooped their way through golden. Traveling from farm to farm near the tiny oklahoma college where he. Combining exhilarating sports writing and exceptional storytelling, dust bowl girls takes readers on the cardinals intense, improbable journey all the way to an epic showdown with the prevailing national champions, helmed by the legendary babe didrikson.
Dust bowl during the great depression american memory. The forgotten dust bowl novel that rivaled the grapes of wrath. The drought that occurred in the spring of 1934 led to the dust bowl, which officially began on april 14, 1934. Back when the opc cardinals were winning games, top female athletes had to put aside their own fears about being publicly ridiculed to pursue. In the decades around the turn of the 20th century, a movement of dedicated activists secured voting rights for women and helped define new possibilities for womens participation in the public sphere. Babbs novel is a carefully observed portrayal of several families that draws on. The dust bowl was the name given to the droughtstricken southern plains region of the united states, which suffered severe dust storms during. When winds blew, they raised enormous clouds of dust.
The book s final chapter, future dust bowls, warns readers about manmade environmental disasters on the horizon, including desertification in china and the amazon. Dayton duncan, author of the dust bowl during one of americas most devastating periods, the depressionera dust bowl, a huckster is murdered as a dust storm hurtles toward a small oklahoma town. Sam babb the coach featured in dust bowl girls is born in buffalo, missouri. Of all the droughts that have occurred in the united states, the drought events of the 1930s are widely considered to be the drought of record for the nation. And then the dispossessed were drawn westfrom kansas, oklahoma, texas, new mexico. Dust bowl girls, reeders fascinating book, proves her grandmother was right. The lack of discussion surrounding dust bowl women suggests a large gap in our understanding of the great plains in the 1930s. The dust bowl was a period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the american and canadian prairies during the 1930s.
At the height of the great depression, sam babb, the charismatic basketball coach of tiny oklahoma presbyterian college, began dreaming. Oklahoma women in the dust bowl oral history project, oklahoma oral history research program. Based on extensive research and told with the talented storytelling ability of the author, dust bowl girls is an important and enjoyable story. May 10, 2014 the best times and worst times of the dust bowl and everything in between. The dust bowl was a natural disaster that devastated the midwest in the 1930s. Title one of the pioneer women of the oklahoma panhandle dust bowl. Lydia reeder captures a moment in history when female athletes faced intense scrutiny from influential figures in politics, education, and medicine who denounced womens sports as unhealthy and unladylike. Nov 25, 20 the drought that occurred in the spring of 1934 led to the dust bowl, which officially began on april 14, 1934.
Reeder takes us deep into the history and personality of many of the players and people connected with the schools female basketball team. The boys in the boat meets a league of their own in this true story of a depressionera championship womens team. A teams quest for basketball glory by lydia reeder is a rich and delightful read. It was the worst drought in north america in 1,000 years. When drought struck oklahoma in the 1930s, the author and her husband stayed behind to protect their 28yearold farm. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. This one seemingly minor aspect of womens sport in rural oklahoma is one worth knowing and worth reading. The dust bowl was a period when severe drought and dust storms struck parts of the american great plains. One of the pioneer women of the oklahoma panhandle dust bowl. This is a charming little book about womens basketball in oklahoma during the dust bowl and great depression. Reeder tells the story of the women who played under coach sam babb, her. Farmers now plant different crops and use irrigation. The inspiring story of the team that barnstormed its way to basketball glory still, like other good sports histories, this one allows us to sit in the stands and watch a forgotten era when times were tough, odds were long, and underdogs rose to the occasion. In his 1939 book the grapes of wrath, author john steinbeck described the flight of families from the dust bowl.
In dust bowl girls, lydia reeder tells the story of pioneers in women s sport who refused to listen. Reviewed by cat ariail at first glance, 1932 appears to have been a banner year for babe didrikson. The dust bowl was the darkest moment in the twentiethcentury life of the southern plains, pg. In the fall of 1931, they unexpectedly start winning game after game, and against all odds, become inspirational heroes. Author lydia reeder tells the story of the oklahoma presbyterian college cardinals and their magical year in 1932. Dust bowl girls and the epic battle for womens right to.
The forgotten dust bowl novel that rivaled the grapes of wrath sanora babb wrote about a family devastated by the dust bowl, but she lost her shot at. In this fascinating history, lydia reeders focus is on one season of womens basketball in the early 1930s at the oklahoma presbyterian college. Dust bowl girls is an epic sports story about a struggling womens college basketball team called the oklahoma presbyterian college cardinals. Mar 10, 2017 how the dust bowl girls hooped their way through golden age of womens basketball. The dust bowl chronicles the worst manmade ecological disaster in american history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the great plowup, followed by a decadelong drought during the 1930s. What follows is an authentic tale of the droughtstricken southern plains, and a lovingly and eloquently told murder mystery. The dust bowl by donald worster essay book on study boss. Jan 27, 2017 tucked inside were fragments of the true story of a womens basketball team in depressionera oklahoma that gave hope to dust bowl farming communities and would end up inspiring generations. How the dust bowl made americans refugees in their. The book chronicles the history of the oklahoma presbyterian college cardinals quest for basketball success during a very challenging time in history the great depression. Because it spanned the 1930s, the dust bowl is sometimes called the dirty thirties. See more ideas about dust bowl, great depression and dust storm. Over farming during the great depression in california, as well as the hot weather resulted in the terrain being very.
As acres of land literally blew away, many people were displaced. Sheet music, photographs, letters and maps help students better understand the womens suffrage movement and the strategies that brought it to. Jan 24, 2017 in dust bowl girls, lydia reeder tells the story of pioneers in women s sport who refused to listen. Sanora babb wrote about a family devastated by the dust bowl, but she. Mar 14, 2019 severe drought was widespread in the mid1930s, says james n.
Dust bowl, section of the great plains of the united states where overcultivation and drought during the early 1930s resulted in the depletion of topsoil, which was carried off in windblown dust storms that forced thousands of families to leave the region at the height of the great depression. May 23, 2016 the forgotten dust bowl novel that rivaled the grapes of wrath sanora babb wrote about a family devastated by the dust bowl, but she lost her shot at stardom when john steinbeck beat her to. About dust bowl girls a true story about a team of oklahoma farm girls led by a tough, visionary coach who against all odds became inspirational heroes and pioneers for female athletes today. The southern plains in the 1930s, prolific environmental historian and plains native donald worster is the first to establish the link between american capitalism and the ecological crisis. Jerry stanley jul1998 children of the dust bowl a compelling book about the children of homeless okie migrant workers and the school they built at a farmlabor camp in dust bowlera california. A series of three droughts in the 1930s led to the extreme conditions in the dust bowl region. How the dust bowl girls hooped their way through golden age of womens basketball from left to right. Historical timeline for dust bowl girls 1891 1932 1891 dr. The dust bowl migration and okie culture in california new york. Hesse writes the novel in freeverse poems, from firsthand fictionalized events, in the form of journal entries. How the dust bowl girls hooped their way through golden age of womens basketball. Hesse narrates out of the dust in the first person, allowing billie jo kelby, the protagonist, or main character, to describe her life from the winter of 1934 through the fall of 1935. First person interview conducted on november 30, 2011 with frosty troy talking about the oklahoma dust bowl.
The dust bowl was the name given to an area of the great plains southwestern kansas, oklahoma panhandle, texas panhandle, northeastern new mexico, and southeastern colorado that was devastated by nearly a decade of drought and soil erosion during the 1930s. It was a time of drought, famine, and poverty that existed in the 1930s. Then she meets sam babb, teacher and womens basketball coach at tiny. The drought came in three waves, 1934, 1936, and 19391940, but some regions of the high plains experienced. The forgotten dust bowl novel that rivaled the grapes of wrath sanora babb wrote about a family devastated by the dust bowl, but she lost her shot at stardom when john steinbeck beat her to.
Winner of the 1991 ray allen billington prize from the organization of american historians. The untold story of those who survived the great american dust bowl by timothy egan, out of the dust by. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading dust bowl girls. The inspiring story of the team that barnstormed its way to basketball glory kindle edition by reeder, lydia. Oklahoma women in the dust bowl oral history project between 2000 and 2001 interviews were conducted with more than one hundred women individually and in groups who lived through the dust bowl, primarily in the seven westernmost counties of oklahoma, where the dust bowl hit the hardest. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Severe drought was widespread in the mid1930s, says james n. The problem began during world war i, when the high price of wheat and the needs of allied troops encouraged farmers to grow more wheat by plowing and seeding areas in prairie states, such. The inspiring story of the team that barnstormed its way to basketball glory. She spent over two years conducting research for the book and also wrote and narrated a short film about the cardinal basketball team, currently on view at the oklahoma historical society website. In a mix of history and sports thriller, reeder unearths the story a rag tag group of women some of them teenagers who took the first steps to proving women could be athletes too. Office of war information photograph collection library of congress repository library of congress prints and photographs division washington, d. Popular dust bowl books meet your next favorite book.
In the early 1930s, during the worst drought and financial depression in american history, sam babb began to dream. Scenes of farmers and their families, farm equipment, land, cattle and dust clouds. The huge dust storms that ravaged the area destroyed crops and made living there. Tucked inside were fragments of the true story of a womens basketball team in depressionera oklahoma that gave hope to dust bowl farming communities and would end up inspiring generations. Lydia ellen reeder is the grandniece of sam babb, the extraordinary basketball coach featured in dust bowl girls. Gregory, a history professor at the university of washington and author of the book american exodus. In dust bowl girls, lydia reeder tells the story of pioneers in womens sport who refused to listen. Dust bowl girls details the extraordinary success of the womens basketball team from oklahoma. Image via goodreads in his bancroft prize winning book, dust bowl. Imagine soil so dry that plants disappear and dirt blows past your door like sand. The first book completed was about a team of young women from a small oklahoma school who provided some muchneeded inspiration during the great depression. One of the pioneer women of the oklahoma panhandle dust bowl contributor names rothstein, arthur, 19151985, photographer.1285 765 1057 914 1177 1533 1208 499 366 54 1165 925 1440 889 1027 1140 812 40 1419 772 1130 760 827 1202 617 1111 97 333 1159 804 1013 203 792 871 760 1172 502 179 1364 933