The Worst Hard Time

The Worst Hard Time


Timothy Egan

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The Interior Secretary of the United States. Ickes did not believe that the High Plains would ever be productive again. Instead of building a dam in No Man’s Land and providing government jobs, Ickes thought it would be best to put the Southern Plains back into the public domain and move its half a million nesters out of the region.
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Harold Ickes Character Timeline in The Worst Hard Time

The timeline below shows where the character Harold Ickes appears in The Worst Hard Time. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 12: The Long Darkness
Environmental Devastation and the Dust Bowl Theme Icon
...mine for water from the Ogallala Aquifer. In Washington, DC, people were skeptical, particularly Interior Secretary Harold Ickes . He thought that people should be paid to move out of the Southern Plains,... (full context)
Chapter 14: Showdown in Dalhart
Environmental Devastation and the Dust Bowl Theme Icon
Some people welcomed McCarty’s positive approach. He scoffed at Secretary Harold Ickes ’ idea for relocation and condemned the newsreels as lies. Some wrote letters to McCarty,... (full context)
Chapter 17: A Call to Arms
Environmental Devastation and the Dust Bowl Theme Icon save America’s heartland by planting the vast row of trees that he had proposed. Harold Ickes continued to push for reverse homesteading. Hugh Bennett wanted to form farming districts where everyone... (full context)