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A Brief History Lesson
The novella is set during the 1930's, during which time America was subjected to the combination of drought and the Great Depression (which was not great). States in the mid-west of America relied heavily on Agriculture, and with a persistent lack of rain, the ground became so dried up that a huge area in the middle of the US became known as 'The Dust Bowl'. The ground was useless for growing crops, tenant farmers were often evicted from their homes and winds across the wide flat plains caused dust storms, filling the air with dust and dirt. In fact, the dust bowl was also known as The Dirty Thirties.