grapes of wrath
Grapes of Wrath:Dustbowl Disaster
In the 1930s, drought and horrific dust storms turned the once-fertile agricultural lands of mid-America into virtual dust bowls and wastelands. Thousands of destitute farmers packed their families and belongings into and onto their cars and left their homes in search of agricultural work in central California. Their plight and the politics of that day are told in the novel "The Grapes of Wrath." Published in 1939 by California writer John Steinbeck, the book won the 1940 Pulitzer Prize. In his book, Steinbeck champions the downtrodden migrants, as he follows the Joad family from Oklahoma to California. Tom Joad, eldest son, is the book's protagonist and his efforts to save his family are the core of the book's story. As Steinbeck writes in his book, "The moving, questing people were migrants now. Those families which had lived on a little piece of land, who had lived and died on forty acres, had now the whole West to ...