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Grapes of Wrath

Grapes of Wrath

Author: John Steinbeck

Year Published: 1939

Description: Set during the Great Depression, The Grapes of Wrath depicts the journey of the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers who have been driven by drought, economic hardship and increasing industrialization to leave their Oklahoma home in search of a better life in California, alongside thousands of others "Okies" in similar circumstances.  Its portrayal of the plight of the poor is often cited as having had significant impact in shaping aspects of the New Deal and other federal government policies and programs put in place to assist workers.

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