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The Dust Bowl: Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry (SE): Autobiographies & Oral Histories

Personal accounts of life during the Dust Bowl

The Importance of First Person Narratives and the Dust Bowl

While many works of academic research exist on the Dust Bowl, it may be most poignantly understood through the words of the people who lived through it. Below you will find a series of links to oral histories, diaries, letters, and other primary sources in the voices of the farmers and the government agents assigned to work with them. 

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