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Whose Names Are Unknown

Sanora Babb

Sanora Babb' s long-hidden novel Whose Names Are Unknown tells an intimate story of the High Plains farmers who fled drought dust storms during the Great Depression. Written with empathy for the farmers' plight, this powerful narrative is based upon the author' s firsthand experience. This clear-eyed and unsentimental story centers on the fictional Dunne family as they struggle to survive and endure while never losing faith in themselves. In the Oklahoma Panhandle, Milt, Julia, their two little girls, and Milt' s father, Konkie, share a life of cramped circumstances in a one-room dugout with never enough to eat. Yet buried in the drudgery of their everyday life are aspirations, failed dreams, and fleeting moments of hope. The land is their dream. The Duanne family and the farmers around them fight desperately for the land they love, but the droughts of the thirties force them to abandon their fields. When they join the exodus to the irrigated valleys of California, they discover not the promised land, but an abusive labor system arrayed against destitute immigrants. The system labels all farmers like them as worthless " Okies" and earmarks them for beatings and worse when hardworking men and women, such as Milt and Julia, object to wages so low they can' t possibly feed their children. The informal communal relations these dryland farmers knew on the High Plains gradually coalesce into a shared determination to resist. Realizing that a unified community is their best hope for survival, the Dunnes join with their fellow workers and begin the struggle to improve migrant working conditions through democratic organization and collective protest.

Sanora Babb' s long-hidden novel Whose Names Are Unknown tells an intimate story of the High Plains farmers who fled drought dust storms during the Great Depression. Written with empathy for the farmers' plight, this powerful narrative is based upon the author' s firsthand experience. This clear-eyed and unsentimental story centers on the fictional Dunne family as they struggle to survive and endure while never losing faith in themselves. In the Oklahoma Panhandle, Milt, Julia, their two little girls, and Milt' s father, Konkie, share a life of cramped circumstances in a one-room dugout with never enough to eat. Yet buried in the drudgery of their everyday life are aspirations, failed dreams, and fleeting moments of hope. The land is their dream. The Duanne family and the farmers around them fight desperately for the land they love, but the droughts of the thirties force them to abandon their fields. When they join the exodus to the irrigated valleys of California, they discover not the promised land, but an abusive labor system arrayed against destitute immigrants. The system labels all farmers like them as worthless " Okies" and earmarks them for beatings and worse when hardworking men and women, such as Milt and Julia, object to wages so low they can' t possibly feed their children. The informal communal relations these dryland farmers knew on the High Plains gradually coalesce into a shared determination to resist. Realizing that a unified community is their best hope for survival, the Dunnes join with their fellow workers and begin the struggle to improve migrant working conditions through democratic organization and collective protest.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Sanora Babb' s long-hidden novel Whose Names Are Unknown tells an intimate story of the High Plains farmers who fled drought dust storms during the Great Depression. Written with empathy for the farmers' plight, this powerful narrative is based upon the author' s firsthand experience. This clear-eyed and unsentimental story centers on the fictional Dunne family as they struggle to survive and endure while never losing faith in themselves. In the Oklahoma Panhandle, Milt, Julia, their two little girls, and Milt' s father, Konkie, share a life of cramped circumstances in a one-room dugout with never enough to eat. Yet buried in the drudgery of their everyday life are aspirations, failed dreams, and fleeting moments of hope. The land is their dream. The Duanne family and the farmers around them fight desperately for the land they love, but the droughts of the thirties force them to abandon their fields. When they join the exodus to the irrigated valleys of California, they discover not the promised land, but an abusive labor system arrayed against destitute immigrants. The system labels all farmers like them as worthless " Okies" and earmarks them for beatings and worse when hardworking men and women, such as Milt and Julia, object to wages so low they can' t possibly feed their children. The informal communal relations these dryland farmers knew on the High Plains gradually coalesce into a shared determination to resist. Realizing that a unified community is their best hope for survival, the Dunnes join with their fellow workers and begin the struggle to improve migrant working conditions through democratic organization and collective protest.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Alyssa Bresnahan

Length:

8h 45m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:42


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

11:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

17:00


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

19:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

27:48


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

12:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:20


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:19


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

19:41


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

17:22


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

14:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

13:50


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:42


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

22:33


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:32


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

19:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:24


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

12:28


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

11:24


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

11:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:15


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:26


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:48


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:19


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:52


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:00


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

12:43


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:49


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

20:07


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

15:32