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The Grapes of Wrath

As the year 1930 comes along, an author by the name of John Steinbeck writes in detail a novel about the hardships of living at the times of the Great Depression, now is he the voice for all those in America? John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, in 1902. He was part German and part Irish. His father, John Ernst Steinbeck, was worked as a treasurer and his mother, Olivia Hamilton, worked as a teacher. He didn't have so much a hard childhood but what kid now a days would want to go work on the fields everyday? Steinbeck later attended Salinas High School and then later he went to Stanford University. He went to New York where he worked as a reporter, but was later fired. Later he became a writer where hisfirst book Cup of Gold. Hefirst kicked off his real career when he moved to Pacific Grove with hisfirst wife. The 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath was a Pulitzer prize winner and was made into a movie in 1940. After that the rest of his life was just uphill until he died on December 20, 1968.
The Grapes of Wrath is a novel about the time of the depression. It was the time of the Dust Bowl and it was a really big disaster that took place in the southwestern Great Plains region of the United States in the 1930’s. It including parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. It was caused by farmers using the land badly and years of no rain. Before the farmers came, the area was covered by grass that had kept the soil in place, even after the long droughts and occasional heavy rains. In the thirty years before World War I, a large number of people settled in the area, planting all kinds of crops. Both these land uses left the soil open to erosion by the winds that constantly had swept over the area. In the book a small Oklahoma family is forced to move out on account of the bad growing weather. This kind of weather isn;t the kind that stays one day and moves the next. It is bad conditions that have been lasting fo…

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