The Worst Hard Time

The Worst Hard Time

by

Timothy Egan

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Caroline Henderson Character Analysis

A Mount Holyoke graduate who lived in the northeast corner of No Man’s Land just north of Boise City, Oklahoma. She married a farmer after college and moved west. Caroline and her husband suffered from their inability to plant crops, and they stopped altogether in 1934 due to persistent drought. She later contributed to the Atlantic Monthly’s “Letters from the Dust Bowl” feature.
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Caroline Henderson Character Timeline in The Worst Hard Time

The timeline below shows where the character Caroline Henderson appears in The Worst Hard Time. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11: Triage
Environmental Devastation and the Dust Bowl Theme Icon
Caroline Henderson , a farmer’s wife and Mount Holyoke graduate who lived in No Man’s Land, clung... (full context)
Chapter 12: The Long Darkness
Economic Hardship and Lessons of the Great Depression Theme Icon
Environmental Devastation and the Dust Bowl Theme Icon
Fred Folkers eventually lost his orchard, and “the life-draining drought” killed the trees that Caroline Henderson had planted. People were running out of food. The last of the grain from the... (full context)
Chapter 20: The Saddest Land
Environmental Devastation and the Dust Bowl Theme Icon
...misery. The Atlantic Monthly carried a series called “Letters from the Dust Bowl” written by Caroline Henderson . She wrote about the “bad days of wind and dust.” She wrote nothing during... (full context)