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Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie

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A classic in contemporary Oklahoma literature, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s Red Dirt unearths the joys and ordeals of growing up poor during the 1940s and 1950s. In this exquisite rendering of her childhood in rural Oklahoma, from the Dust Bowl days to the end of the Eisenhower era, the author bears witness to a family and community that still cling to the dream of America as a republic of landowners.

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Overview

A classic in contemporary Oklahoma literature, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s Red Dirt unearths the joys and ordeals of growing up poor during the 1940s and 1950s. In this exquisite rendering of her childhood in rural Oklahoma, from the Dust Bowl days to the end of the Eisenhower era, the author bears witness to a family and community that still cling to the dream of America as a republic of landowners.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780806137759
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,395,772
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, a writer, teacher, historian, and social activist, is Professor Emerita of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies at California State University, East Bay, and author or editor of numerous scholarly articles and books, as well as two other memoirs, Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie and Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2006

    Fascinating Story

    This was a truly fascinating book, since it dealt with an era in Oklahoma relatively unknown to the rest of the country and that has previously been absent from American history. The author grew up amongst Oklahoma Socialists, whose poverty and desperation pushed them into embracing Socialism as an alternative to the lives they were living. If you like stories about revolutions you'll love this one, and the author is a really terrific, likable narrator, so you'll be rooting for her all the way through. By all means, read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2005

    Outstanding

    This book is riveting. It was difficult to put down. The author gives a clear and haunting description of her life as well as what it was like to grow up an 'Okie.' I would recommend this book to anyone.

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