Route 66 Buzz-Dust Bowl April 14, 1935

How the Dust Bowl Made Americans Refugees in Their Own Country

As they traveled west from the drought-ravaged Midwest, American-born migrants were viewed as disease-ridden intruders who would sponge off the government.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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Rick Hammer

Rick Hammer

Rick Hammer was born in Joplin, Missouri along Route 66, schooled in Saint Paul, Minnesota at Macalester College. Writing has driven him to 16 countries.