The Worst Hard Time

The Worst Hard Time


Timothy Egan

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Thomas Jefferson Johnson Character Analysis

– A homesteader who had migrated from the Ozarks in a covered wagon. Egan describes him as “tall and tough.” Johnson lived in a dugout on a quarter-section of land. While leaving the Lucas double funeral, he was overwhelmed by a blizzard of dust on the notorious Black Sunday—the day of the Dust Bowl’s worst storm—and ended up permanently blinded by the dirt that got into his eyes.
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Thomas Jefferson Johnson Character Timeline in The Worst Hard Time

The timeline below shows where the character Thomas Jefferson Johnson appears in The Worst Hard Time. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 16: Black Sunday
Environmental Devastation and the Dust Bowl Theme Icon
Thomas Jefferson Johnson was walking home from the funeral when the storm hit. He got knocked down, and... (full context)