Drought adaptation in rural eastern Oklahoma in the 1930s: Lessons for climate change adaptation research

Type

Journal Article

Author(s)

McLeman, R.
Mayo, D.
Strebeck, E.
Smit, B.

Title

Drought adaptation in rural eastern Oklahoma in the 1930s: Lessons for climate change adaptation research

Year

2008

Journal

Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change

Vol (No), pp

13(4), 379-400

Abstract

In the mid-1930s, eastern Oklahoma, USA, suffered an unusually harsh mixture of droughts and extreme rainfall events that led to widespread crop failure over several years. These climatic conditions coincided with low commodity prices, agricultural restructuring and general economic collapse, creating tremendous hardship in rural and agriculturally dependent areas. Using a previously developed typology of agricultural adaptation, this paper reports empirical research conducted to identify the ways by which the rural population of Sequoyah County adapted to such conditions. Particular attention is given to categorizing the scale at which adaptation occurred, the actors involved and the constraints to implementation. The findings identify successes and opportunities missed by public policy makers, and suggest possible entry points for developing adaptation strategies for current and future, analogous situations that may arise as a result of climate change.

Citation

McLeman, R., et al. (2008). “Drought adaptation in rural eastern Oklahoma in the 1930s: Lessons for climate change adaptation research.” Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 13(4): 379-400. URL : http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11027-007-9118-1

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