Letters from the Dust Bowl

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2003 - Social Science - 278 pages
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In May 1936 Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace wrote to Caroline Henderson to praise her contributions to American "understanding of some of our farm problems." His comments reflected the national attention aroused by Hendersonís articles, which had been published in Atlantic Monthly since 1931. Even today, Hendersonís articles are frequently cited for her vivid descriptions of the dust storms that ravaged the Plains.

Caroline Henderson was a Mount Holyoke graduate who moved to Oklahomaís panhandle to homestead and teach in 1907. This collection of Hendersonís letters and articles published from 1908 to1966 presents an intimate portrait of a womanís life in the Great Plains. Her writing mirrors her love of the land and the literature that sustained her as she struggled for survival.

Alvin O. Turner has collected and edited Hendersonís published materials together with her private correspondence. Accompanying biographical sketch, chapter introductions, and annotations provide details on Hendersonís life and context for her frequent literary allusions and comments on contemporary issues.


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User Review  - Ken Bickley - Goodreads

I might have given this book more stars, except that the last section is so depressing. It is not for the faint of heart. Caroline Agnes Boa, eldest child of prosperous farmers, was a teacher with a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jessica McCann - Goodreads

This book provided great insight on what it was like living through the Depression and the Dust Bowl. Henderson is a talented writer, and her flair with words came through in her everyday ... Read full review


Beginnings 19081914
Hopeful Years 19141928
Clouded Horizons 19291934
Dust to Eat 19351937
Slow and Partial Recovery 19381951
When Hope Has Gone 19521966

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About the author (2003)

Caroline Henderson (1877-1965) wrote numerous articles for the Atlantic Monthly.

Alvin O. Turner, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, is coauthor of Oklahoma at the Crossroads and author of Index to Historic Record in Canadian County, Oklahoma.

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