American Exodus The Dust Bowl Migration and Okie Culture in California

ISBN-10: 0195071360
ISBN-13: 9780195071368
Edition: Reprint 
Authors: James N. Gregory
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List price: $19.99
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/12/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Fifty years ago, John Steinbeck's now classic novel, The Grapes of Wrath, captured the epic story of an Oklahoma farm family driven west to California by dust storms, drought, and economic hardship. It was a story that generations of Americans have also come to know through Dorothea Lange's unforgettable photos of migrant families struggling to make a living in Depression-torn California. Now in James N. Gregory's pathbreaking American Exodus, there is at last an historical study that moves beyond the fiction and the photographs to uncover the full meaning of these events. American Exodus takes us back to the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and the war boom influx of the 1940s to explore the experiences of the more than one million Oklahomans, Arkansans, Texans, and Missourians who sought opportunities in California. Gregory reaches into the migrants' lives to reveal not only their economic trials but also their impact on California's culture and society. He traces the development of an "Okie subculture" that over the years has grown into an essential element in California's cultural landscape. The consequences, however, reach far beyond California. The Dust Bowl migration was part of a larger heartland diaspora that has sent millions of Southerners and rural Midwesterners to the nation's northern and western industrial perimeter. American Exodus is the first book to examine the cultural implications of that massive 20th-century population shift. In this rich account of the experiences and impact of these migrant heartlanders, Gregory fills an important gap in recent American social history.

James N. Gregory is professor of history at the University of Washington and director of the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project. He is author of the award-winning American Exodus: The Dust Bowl Migration and Okie Culture in California.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Migration and Resettlement
Out of the Heartland
The Limits of Opportunity
The Okie Problem
The Dilemma of Outsiders
The Okie Subculture
Plain-Folk Americanism
Up from the Dust
Special to God
The Language of a Subculture
Public Use Microdata Samples
Southwesterners in California Subregions 1935, 1940, 1950, 1970
Occupation and Income 1940-1970
Appendix D
Abbreviations
Notes
Index

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