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The Harvest Gypsies
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on January 17, 2018
These seven essays were written as articles for the San Francisco News in the heart of the Great Depression about the displaced farm families who had been kicked off their land due to bank foreclosures in the midst of the Dustbowl. Their land literally blew away after some drought stricken years. The appalling response of the whole nation was to stigmatize them as "lazy," which they were not - and as "dirty," without helping them to have access to water in which to bathe. First they were beaten down by nature -- and then by the banks, the agribusinesses in California and most of their fellow Americans. Steinbeck thought they would do better than had previous foreign born pickers because they had families. He was wrong. Their families became hostages to fortune and many many died of starvation. Not our finest hour!
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on February 25, 2015
News paper articles by Steinbeck from his touring of migrant worker's camps doing research for The Grapes Of Wrath. Prime example of compelling, activist, journalism. Moving and well written. A nice piece of history told first hand. A portrait of the Workers Camps and the anglo agricultural workers in the central valley in the middle of our Great Depression.
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on April 13, 2015
"The Harvest Gypsies" is a collection of article Steinbeck wrote for the San Francisco News in 1936 after publication of his strike novel, "In Dubious Battle." It features his excellent, timely reporting on the plight of drought-displaced farm families, struggling as migrant farmhands in a hostile California, exploited by highly industrialized farm organizations and rejected by fearful residents.
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on August 1, 2017
A must if you have ever read The Grapes of Wrath. Steinbeck does a great job describing life for agricultural workers in 1930's California.
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on March 28, 2015
Steinbeck clearly makes it understandable how harsh life was for the Okie migrant workers in California. There are lessons from this book that all American students, high school and college, should take into consideration when treating fellow Americans.
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on November 28, 2017
I really enjoyed the read. This story reminds us of the many that have had to live in unsavory conditions in the country.
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on June 1, 2017
Part of my family is in this and this is the way I grew up. This is some good reading and tells the story of truth. Must read!
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on June 21, 2017
Interesting book by a great writer.
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on October 14, 2017
I really enjoy Steinbeck literature.
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on January 18, 2017
Perfect condition & a great insight to the mind of Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath Novel
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