American Exodus: The Dust Bowl Migration and Okie Culture in California

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APPENDIX D

Marriage Survey:
Sources And
Methodology

THE DATA FOR THIS SURVEY WERE OBTAINED FROM MARRIAGE LICENSES ON FILE in the Bureaus of Vital Statistics in Los Angeles, Kern, and Stanislaus counties. A two-stage sampling procedure was followed. As a first step; random samples of 200 to 250 marriage licenses were drawn for each county and year to be studied. These provided estimates of the representation of Southwesterners, natives, and other social groups in the marrying population. The number of Southwesterners in these initial samples was, however, too small for reliable analysis. Consequently a second random sample was taken, consisting only of licenses where one or both of the parties was a white Southwesterner. Since the pattern of male and female choices appeared to be quite comparable in the initial survey, I did not sample them separately. The size of each combined sample of Southwesterners and the margin of error associated with estimates of their marriage choices are reported below.

CountyYearSample sizeMargin of error*
Kern 1939 343 ±4.2%
1949 318 ±4.6%
1959 154 ±7.3%
Stanislaus 1939 215 0.0%
1949 303 ±3.8%
1959 133 ±7.3%
Los Angeles 1939 183 ±7.1%
1949 129 ±8.5%
* At the 95 percent confidence level.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xiii
  • Part I - Migration and Resettlement 1
  • 1 - Out of the Heartland 3
  • 2 - The Limits of Opportunity 36
  • 3 - The Okie Problem 78
  • 4 - The Dilemma of Outsiders 114
  • Part II - The Okie Subculture 137
  • 5 - Plain-Folk Americanism 139
  • 6 - Up from the Dust 172
  • 7 - Special to God 191
  • 8 - The Language of a Subculture 222
  • Appendix A - Public Use Microdata Samples 249
  • Appendix B - Southwesterners in California Subregions 1935, 1940, 1950, 1970 250
  • Appendix C - Occupation and Income 1940-1970 252
  • Appendix D - Marriage Survey: Sources and Methodology 254
  • Abbreviations 255
  • Notes 257
  • Index 327
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