When the Sky Falls
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The Dust Bowl was the nation’s worst ecological disaster, stripping farmlands and devastating the lives of American families during the 1930s. The narrative of this period exists in the personal retellings of individuals who endured it. Likewise, literature produced about the Dust Bowl has followed the movement of families out of the Great Plains. My research has collected first-person perspectives of the Dust Bowl in order to create a work of fiction set during this time period. This paper utilizes the experiences of real people in order to shed light on the struggles and strife that were endured. My thesis is a work of short fiction based in the Dust Bowl.