American Exodus: The Dust Bowl Migration and Okie Culture in California (Paperback)James N. Gregory (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 326 g
Dimensions: 203 x 135 x 19 mm
...a profoundly impressive book....American Exodus is a major contribution to our understanding of regional, cultural, and political history in the United States. It deserves the widest possible readership. * Bill C. Malone, The Journal of Southern History _ *
[A] stunning book....The impressive range of source material, from government documents to graffiti to country music to cliometrics is fashioned and reshaped to form a vivid yet subtle portrait of generation of Americans on the move....A masterpiece of reflection, imagination and research, a book that advances our historical understanding, with a narrative skillfully and vividly told. In sum, a testimony to what the historical profession and history are presumed to be about. * OAH Ray Allen Billington Prize Committee *
We have had many other essays and books on the Okie migrants who entered California in the 1930s, but no one has done so comprehensive and masterful a job of telling their history as James Gregory. He has uncovered a vast literature on these people, including their own newspapers and poetry, and he has derived from it a convincing portrait of both their strengths and weaknesses. Best of all, he succeeds in giving them their due. They are, as he reveals, a major 20th-century American subculture, with roots in the Old Southwest and a life that has endured beyond the thirties down to our own time. The Okies must be reckoned with, and this book must be read to understand [them]. * Donald E. Worster, University of Kansas *
American Exodus takes us beyond the Dorothea Lange photographs and the Hollywood stereotypes to the heart of that complex story of a plain folk culture transplanted across a continent in the midst of the great depression. In John Steinbeck, the Okie's found their novelist; in Jim Gregory they have found their historian. * Dan T. Carter, Emory University *
Clearly the best book that has been written about the Okies. * Roger Daniels, University of Cincinnati *
[A] remarkable book....Gregory has a fine ear for music and a fine eye for quotation, and combines these with vigorous social analysis. American Exodus is a fine achievement. * Otis L. Graham, Jr., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill *
It will fit in well with my 20th-century California class. * Kathy Olmsted, University of California, Davis *
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