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National History Day Competition

Dust Bowl 1931-1940

The lower half of the center panel explains the highway's role in helping migrants leave their Dust Bowl for California during the 1930s. Because of this role, novelist John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath  referred to Route 66 as "The Mother Road."

The lower half of the center panel explains the highway's role in helping migrants leave their Dust Bowl for California during the 1930s. Because of this role, novelist John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath referred to Route 66 as "The Mother Road."

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Updated: 10/17/2013
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