The Great American Dust Bowl

Red barn and other farm buildings nestled in rolling hills
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John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath was published April 14, 1939. Learn more about the Great American Dust Bowl, when farmland was destroyed through misguided practices, famine set in, and dust storms drove people to desperation, as depicted in the novel.

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