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[Detail] Migrant agricultural worker

Historical Comprehension

The collection provides vivid scenes of the harshness of life in rural America during the Great Depression. Students can explore this aspect of social history with some depth by searching squatters, drought, sharecropper, migrant, or Hooverville. Students may then use Voices From the Dust Bowl to access songs that provide another kind of account of the stark living conditions of poverty-stricken Americans. Browse Song Text for lyrics or Audio Titles for recordings of songs such as the following. Students can then write their own lyrics to a song that describes or tells a story about life in rural America during the Depression.

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