Radio: The Voices from the Air

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stoop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”                                                                 -Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Life in the dust bowl on isolated homesteads presented challenges …

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5 Lessons for Today’s Teachers from Weedpatch Camp School

During the darkest days of the Great Depression, thousands of Oklahoma families migrated from the Dust Bowl to California in automobiles piled high with their earthly belongings. The grove owners and truck farmers referred to the penniless refugees from drought as “Okies”. The name carried prejudice toward the migrants trying …

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Leo Hart: The School for Dust Bowl Refugees

“The people in flight from the terror behind had strange things happen to them:  some bitterly cruel and some so beautiful that their faith is refired forever.” – John Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath Leo Hart refired faith. Maybe Leo Hart, Superintendent of Kern County Schools in the 1930’s, developed his …

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