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The Grapes of Wrath

As Americans, the knowledge of our history through media, books, and family stories is very important in understanding what happened to our ancestors before we were born.A lot of what happened in American history effects us today.Their victory's, defeats, struggles and hard work all make America what it is now.One movie in particular that shows the hard work and struggles is the movie The Grapes of Wrath.The Grapes of Wrath is about The Economic Depression also known as "The Great Depression" and the effects of it.Three main points that I got out of the movie that greatly express the effects of the depression were unemployment, Government camps and the culture of the family.Although the movie does not talk about everything that went on in the 1920's and 1930's it sure takes a big chunk out of it.
In The Grapes of Wrath it showed what the lands looked like and how bad the soil was.Grandpa Joad demonstrated this by grabbing a handful of dirt and saying, "This is my dirt. It’s no good, but it’s mine, all mine." With the crops dead the Joads had no money to pay the mortgage so the bank took their land.They moved to their Uncle John's house for a while until Uncle John's house was taken by the bank.When they had no place to go they started their journey to California for jobs.The Joads were very optimistic about the west, because of a piece of paper stating that 800 workers were needed.On the road to California Grandpa Joad died of a stroke and they had to bury him.When the family found a place to camp for the night they later found out that some just came back from California and that there were few jobs.Ignoring the men they still set off for California the next morning.After reaching California the Joad family saw other families were starving and had no jobs, all they could do was wait for a job offer.When job offers did come the pay was lousy and the contract…

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