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Letters From the Dust Bowlby Caroline Henderson
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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 Hendersonand#8217;s articles, which had been published in Atlantic Monthly since 1931. Even today, Hendersonand#8217;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 Oklahomaand#8217;s panhandle to homestead and teach in 1907. This collection of Hendersonand#8217;s letters and articles published from 1908 to1966 presents an intimate portrait of a womanand#8217;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 Hendersonand#8217;s published materials together with her private correspondence. Accompanying biographical sketch, chapter introductions, and annotations provide details on Hendersonand#8217;s life and context for her frequent literary allusions and comments on contemporary issues.
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 published materials and personal correspondence dating from 1908 to 1966. Turner supplements 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.
About 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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