The Worst Hard Time

The Worst Hard Time

by

Timothy Egan

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Carlie Lucas’s brother and Hazel Lucas’s uncle. With his sister-in-law, Dee, he tried to help maintain the Lucas family’s wheat crop, to no avail. By 1932, he was struggling to survive. He would rub a bit of axle grease on his cows’ udders to get some milk out of them.
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C.C. Lucas Character Timeline in The Worst Hard Time

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Chapter 5: Last of the Great Plowup
Westward Expansion and the Settlement of the Southern Plains Theme Icon
Economic Hardship and Lessons of the Great Depression Theme Icon
...harvest. Carlie Lucas had died, leaving the farm to his widow, Dee, and his brother C.C. Hazel, their daughter, had married Charles Shaw and went to live in Cincinnati, Ohio. The... (full context)
Westward Expansion and the Settlement of the Southern Plains Theme Icon
Economic Hardship and Lessons of the Great Depression Theme Icon
...the Lucas farm, a year of work was gone in a few minutes. Dee and C.C. fell to their knees and began to cry. The children watched them and worried. (full context)
Chapter 8: In a Dry Land
Economic Hardship and Lessons of the Great Depression Theme Icon
Environmental Devastation and the Dust Bowl Theme Icon
...her husband tried to set up a funeral home in their rental house. Her uncle, C.C. Lucas, was struggling to survive. (full context)
Economic Hardship and Lessons of the Great Depression Theme Icon
Environmental Devastation and the Dust Bowl Theme Icon
C.C. Lucas could not make a living from the land. He managed to squeeze a bit... (full context)
Chapter 16: Black Sunday
Environmental Devastation and the Dust Bowl Theme Icon
...in the middle and raced south, so the storm would not hit the engines first.” C.C. Lucas got drinking water from canvas bags next to the radiator. Everyone poured water into... (full context)