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Letters from the Dust Bowl
By Caroline Henderson
Published by University of Oklahoma Press
Caroline Henderson's articles on the Oklahoma Dust Bowl began appearing in Atlantic Monthly in 1931, bringing national attention to the troubles of United States farmers. In Letters from the Dust Bowl, Alvin O. Turner has collected and edited Henderson's work with a biographical essay and discerning annotations to present a complete picture of this remarkable woman. She had moved to Oklahoma's panhandle to homestead and teach in 1907, and her writing mirrored her love of the land and of the literature that sustained her as she struggled for survival during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Even today, Henderson's articles, notably "Letters from the Dust Bowl," are frequently cited for her vivid descriptions of the dust storms that ravaged the Plains.
Caroline Henderson (1877-1965) wrote numerous articles for the Atlantic Monthly. Alvin O. Turner, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Services at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, is co-author of Oklahoma at the Crossroads and author of Index to Historic Records in Canadian County Oklahoma.