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Source material which inspired Steinbeck's masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath
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!