The Grapes of Wrath
What's a Red?
Connecting with History
Language Arts, History, Economics
Small Group, Entire Class, Research, Discussion
“We’re all reds” (298)
Steinbeck was accused of being a communist and a socialist, particularly after the publication of The Grapes of Wrath. Throughout the novel he hints at revolution and decries the greed of a capitalist system that would force its own people into destitution and starvation.
During the Great Depression, artists, writers, historians, and photographers traveled the country capturing the lives and histories of people and places.
Understand the rich connection between period music of the 1930s and The Grapes of Wrath using lyric sheets and listening.
Several hundred thousand people fled North and West during the 1930s. Yet these regions were not immune from the effects of the Depression.
Why did so many people uproot their lives and head to California and the West? Use first hand accounts from the Library of Congress.
Examine the lives of migrant workers and learn what kinds of solutions have been attempted, what has been successful, and what has changed since the 1930s.