Argumentative Essay on Grapes of wrath

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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 rove in. And they scampered about, looking
for work; and the highways were streams of people, and the ditch banks were lines of
people." Often known as "Okies," a derogatory term, Dust Bowl immigrants like the
fictional Joads did not get a warm welcome from California's farmers and politicians. The
newcomers were herded into slum-like migrant camps, given low wages for back-breaking
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