Drought adaptation in rural eastern Oklahomain the 1930s: lessons for climate change adaptationresearch
Received: 6 December 2006/Accepted: 21 May 2007/Published online: 15 June 2007
Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007
In the mid-1930s, eastern Oklahoma, USA, suffered an unusually harsh mix-ture of droughts and extreme rainfall events that led to widespread crop failure over severalyears. These climatic conditions coincided with low commodity prices, agriculturalrestructuring and general economic collapse, creating tremendous hardship in rural andagriculturally dependent areas. Using a previously developed typology of agriculturaladaptation, this paper reports empirical research conducted to identify the ways by whichthe rural population of Sequoyah County adapted to such conditions. Particular attention isgiven to categorizing the scale at which adaptation occurred, the actors involved and theconstraints to implementation. The ﬁndings identify successes and opportunities missed bypublic policy makers, and suggest possible entry points for developing adaptation strate-gies for current and future, analogous situations that may arise as a result of climatechange.
R. McLeman (
)Department of Geography, University of Ottawa, Room 031 Simard Hall,Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 6N5e-mail: email@example.comD. MayoSequoyah County Times, Sallisaw, OK, USAE. Strebeck Sequoyah County Historical Society, Sallisaw, OK, USAB. SmitDepartment of Geography, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada
Mitig Adapt Strat Glob Change (2008) 13:379–400DOI 10.1007/s11027-007-9118-1