So What?

This movie is an important record of what people were going through in the 1930s. It does not have the overall breadth of understanding that history offers, but as a piece of its time it works very well. Some of the characterizations and social issues that were problematic in the book were hardly present in Read More …

The Movie

The movie stayed true to the book in its plot line, even using some of the more general chapters as additional story. Some of the events are rearranged in a manner that leaves the movie much more optimistic than the book: the government camp comes up as the last major stop for the Joads, after Read More …

The Grapes of Wrath: The Book

John Steinbeck’s book explores the lives of dust bowl refugees by way of the Joad family, a group from Oklahoma who lose their farm and move out West to California to find work. His book goes between the narrative of the Joads and the overarching discussion regarding the refugee’s conditions overall. Some of the themes Read More …

The Dust Bowl: Primary Accounts

The primary sources available in regards to the Dust Bowl are numerous and descriptive. Articles describing the storms, notes and studies describing the workers, and music describing the personal experiences all amount to a colorful tale of what the Dust Bowl looked and felt like. The Dust Bowl storms began to severely strip farms in Read More …

The Dust Bowl: A History

Much of the research I have done so far involves the Dust Bowl, a name for the Great Plains (mainly its southern region) stemming from the barrenness of the 1930s. The Dust Bowl occurred shortly after the stock market crash at the start of the Great Depression. The most memorable point of the Dust Bowl Read More …