The same year, 1939, the author elaborated in a letter that his goal in writing the book was "to rip a reader's nerves to rags" by laying bare the life of the Dust Bowl migrants
with whom he had spent time.
Shindo published Dust Bowl Migrants
in the American Imagination, which includes analysis of Woody Guthrie's work along with that of John Ford and John Steinbeck.
Steinbeck's novel, dramatic and sentimental, has become the iconic saga of the Dust Bowl migrants
, but the reader should persevere until Babb's intimate and powerful story of the Dunnes and their community takes over.
About Life: The Photographs of Dorothea Lange'' at the Getty covers her work from 1920-60 and is paired with Horace Bristol's 1937 photo series on Dust Bowl migrants
in California's Central Valley.
Out west in California, Dust Bowl migrants
Buck Owens and Merle Haggard mixed Hank-style hard-luck lyrics with muscular rock rhythms and some honky-tonk twang to create the Bakersfield sound.
Like Woody Guthrie's songs about dust bowl migrants
, it spins the experience of the poor into troubling questions.
This short Guthrie biography is drawn from Klein, Woody Guthrie, 1-186; Guy Logsdon, "Woody," in Woody Guthrie, Woody Sez (New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1975), viixvii; and Charles Shindo, Dust Bowl Migrants
in the American Imagination (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1997), esp.
Americans today know the Dust Bowl migrants
of the 1930s from Dorothea Lange's moving photographs and John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath.
He had anguished over the plight of the Dust Bowl migrants
for a long time before he began writing.
The remainder of Weber's book builds on these analyses of business and worker organization to trace how New Deal government intervention and the recruitment of Dust Bowl migrants
as a new source of agricultural workers affected labor relations in the cotton industry.
James Gregory shows that a similarly narrow definition of the nation led the Dust Bowl migrants
of the 1930s to reject unionization or other forms of collective action.
This isn't surprising, given that Lange may have met the woman's grandmother while photographing the first New Deal government camp opened here in 1935 for Dust Bowl migrants