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.