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Letters from the Dust Bowl

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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 Henderson’s articles, which had been published in Atlantic Monthly since 1931. Even today, Henderson’s articles are frequently cited for her vivid descriptions of the dust storms that ravaged the Plains.

Caroline Henderson was a Mount Holyoke graduate who ...

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Overview

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 Henderson’s articles, which had been published in Atlantic Monthly since 1931. Even today, Henderson’s 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 Oklahoma’s panhandle to homestead and teach in 1907. This collection of Henderson’s letters and articles published from 1908 to1966 presents an intimate portrait of a woman’s 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 Henderson’s published materials together with her private correspondence. Accompanying biographical sketch, chapter introductions, and annotations provide details on Henderson’s life and context for her frequent literary allusions and comments on contemporary issues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806135403
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 734,643
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Preface xi
Introduction 3
1. Beginnings, 1908-1914 31
2. Hopeful Years, 1914-1928 63
3. Clouded Horizons, 1929-1934 93
4. Dust to Eat, 1935-1937 137
5. Slow and Partial Recovery, 1938-1951 167
6. When Hope Has Gone, 1952-1966 205
Epilogue 241
Notes 245
Bibliography 261
Index 269
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