The Journal of C.J. Jackson

The Journal of C.J. Jackson

A Dust Bowl Migrant

Book - 2002
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Thirteen-year-old C.J. records in a journal the conditions of the Dust Bowl that cause the Jackson family to leave their farm in Oklahoma and make the difficult journey to California, where they find a harsh life as migrant workers.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic, 2002.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780439153065
Characteristics: 166 p. ; 19 1/2 cm.


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Sep 24, 2020

From what I’ve read in other books and seen in dust bowl documentaries, this book did an excellent job of setting the scene as it really was. Such a heartbreaking period of American history. The author puts the blame solely on the shoulders of the farmers, who were doing just what the government and the bankers wanted them to. I found that judgement to be pretty harsh. The land was free and the government wanted it growing wheat. Until you’ve survived a 10 year drought, you don’t know it’s something you need to plan for.


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