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The Journal of C.J. Jackson: A Dust Bowl Migrant is the fourteenth fictional diary in Scholastic's My Name Is America. It was written by William Durbin; his third in the series. The book was published in April 2002 and was followed by The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty.


"To the many who made this journey, & to Jean Feiwel and Amy Griffin for their continued faith in the intelligence of young readers"

Book description[]

"April 10, 1935
I never had a chance to write any more yesterday. The duster go so bad that we had to go through our regular dust storm routine. We locked the cows in the barn, turned the washtubs over and weighted them down, and tied the windmill off. There was no need to shoo the chickens in the henhouse because the dark sky had tricked them into thinking it was time to roost....
The dust has been blowing bad for several years now. And with the crop failures coming back-to-back like they have, hundreds of families have lost their farms...Times are so rough that when they hold an auction to sell a place, the only people that show up are the banks and the insurance companies. Nobody has a nickel.



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of The Journal of C.J. Jackson characters


Main article: William Durbin


"I would like to thank the people of Oklahoma who were so generous in sharing their knowledge of the history of the plains. These fine folks include Phyllis Randolph of the Cimarron Heritage Center; Norma Gene Young, author of Black Sunday; Becky Walker, Boise City assessor; Pat Ramsey and her Boise City eighth-grade class, who compiled The Dust Bowl Gazette; C.M. Cole, expert oilman, rancher, Model T owner, and linksman; and the following staff of the Oklahoma Historical Society: Richard Harris, Judith Michner, and Delbert Amen.
In addition, I would like to recognize Robert Parks of the Roosevelt Library; Barbara Mitchell of the Cal State University Library and California Odyssey Project; John Karlick and Hodge Black of the Kern County Agricultural Extension Service; John Walden of the Beale Memorial Library; the reference staffs of the Los Angeles and Santa Monica public libraries; the Natural Toxins Research Center at Texas A&M University, and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.
As always, the assistance of the Hibbing and Virginia public libraries, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the University of Minnesota Duluth Library has been invaluable.
Finally, my gratitude goes out to my agent, Barbara Markowitz, and to my family, Barbara, Jessica, and Reid, for their many years of encouragement and support.



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