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September 16, 2008 2:42 AM

Dust Bowl roots show in work ethic, religion, music and politics

In the early 1940s, soldiers and sailors in San Francisco could get their shoes shined by a kid who had seen his share of dust and dirt. Jim Stevens, whose family fled the Dust Bowl for the San Joaquin Valley when he was 3, did that job while his father worked at a Richmond shipyard. Today, in Part III of our

"Out of the Dust"

series, we examine the life new arrivals found in California.

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