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Books we recommend...
An Oklahoma I had never seen before --- edited by Davis Joyce
Alternative Oklahoma: Contrarian Views of the Sooner State --- edited by Davis Joyce
Howard Zinn: A Radical American Vision --- by Davis Joyce
Books on Trial: Red Scare in the Heartland --- by Shirley A. Wiegand and Wayne A. Wiegand
Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie (Haymarket (Paperback)) - by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Outlaw Woman : A Memoir of the War Years 1960-1975 - by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Blood on the Border : A Memoir of the Contra War - by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Agrarian Socialism in America: Marx, Jefferson and Jesus in the Oklahoma Countryside --- by Jim Bissett
Oil, Wheat & Wobblies: The Industrial Workers of the World in Oklahoma, 1905-1930 --- by Nigel Anthony Sellars
If you don't weaken --- by Oscar Ameringer
The 46th star: A history of Oklahoma's Constitutional Convention and early Statehood --- by Irvin Hurst
Progressive Oklahoma --- by Danny Goble
More books coming soon!
A point to prove . . .
Oklahomans have been taught they have no particular reason to be proud of themselves. We have been told we lack culture and sophistication, and that our pleasures are too simple and commonplace. We have been told our labor is cheap. We have been told our land is flat. We have been told our opinions hold no value. We have been told our heritage is obsolete. We have been told to regard ourselves as "Okies" - dirty, lazy, ignorant and exploitable. We have been taught to be ashamed of ourselves, and to imitate the lifestyles and values of the coastal, cultural elite. We have been fittted with stereotypes that just don't fit.
This site is created in the hope of resurrecting the true and noble spirit of the people of Oklahoma. This site aims to make clear the dignity and determination that nourished the hearts of Okies through hard times and heartbreak, through dust and darkness, through sweat and tears. This site proudly claims as its inspiration the unrelenting kindness and principled wisdom by which Okies governed themselves and their communities. We declare their independence as our own. We know that freedom comes only when we put our own hands in our own dirt, and that we' ll all prosper if we stick together. We wish to pass their example onto others.
For these reasons, and for those mothers and fathers who have gone before, we raise the red flag - law be damned. We stand for those who struggle the hardest, who love the longest, and endure the roughest defeats. These are the folks who teach and prove that Okies don't quit.
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