term for a migrant farm laborer, esp. one from Oklahoma in the
Tom Joad, e.g.; Muskogee native; Depression-era migrant; The
"Grapes of Wrath" character; Dust bowl refugee;
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Out the Vintage: Reflections on Steinbeck
you're in trouble, or hurt or need - go to the poor people.
They're the only ones that'll help - the only ones. ~ John
Grapes of Wrath book cover
Grapes of Wrath
is a work of fiction published by John Steinbeck in 1939 (March
in which descriptive, narrative, and philosophical passages
succeed one another. Set in the Great Depression, this popular
proletarian novel tells the story of migrant workers (or
sharecroppers) leaving the Dust Bowl, and moving on. He follows
the Joad family, 'Okie' farmers driven from their land by drought
and forced to endure the hardships of life as agricultural
workers. En route to California the grandparents die; on their
arrival the surviving members of the family are involved in
strikes that turn violent, and Tom, the son, kills a man. At the
conclusion of the novel the family shows resoluteness in the face
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