Camps For America In John Steinbeck's The Grapes Of Wrath

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Although there were many peaks in history that put America on top as a country who was constantly progressing there were also times when the downfalls seemed permanent. As if America, The Great, would never be able to maneuver out of a bad situation. In John Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes of Wrath he embodies the story of the 1920-1930’s in which happened to be a devastating few years for America. In the Grapes of Wrath, we have the pleasure of following the Joad family, in which Steinbeck thoroughly illustrates the families’ hardships and oppression during the Great Depression and the events that followed. After the crash of the stock market there was without a doubt high rates of unemployment. Most of the banks across the country were closing and unfortunately this caused people to lose their money, including their hard-earned savings. And in some places people became so poor that they had to settle into homeless camps together. These specific camps were called Hooverville’s hence the people blamed President Hoover for the Depression in the first place. Not only was stock market in a drought, The Southern Plains of the united states also suffered what we call the Dust Bowl. Where severe…show more content…
The two team up in effort to make it back to Oklahoma just come to be devastated by the state that it’s in. They were in awe at the complete abandonment that took place in Sallisaw which resulted in Tom making his family migrate to California. We later find out in the novel that the Joads only planned on going to California because flyers that were advertising fraudulent work in hope to draw more workers and drive down wages. Throughout the novel, Steinbeck successfully depicts the struggle that Tom faces in efforts to maintain his dignity and prevent his family from facing disaster and

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