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Selected via NYU as one of many century's most sensible books of yankee journalism

Gathered during this quantity are seven long-form articles that John Steinbeck wrote in 1936 in regards to the plight of migrant farmworkers in the course of the dirt Bowl, followed through images via Dorothea Lange and others. Steinbeck toured the squatters' camps and Hoovervilles of California, developing unforgettable pictures of as soon as robust, self reliant farmers lowered to distress. The inquisitiveness and outrage of an investigative reporter mixed with the expressive powers of a novelist in his best fueled The Harvest Gypsies, which in flip offered the real and emotional roots for The Grapes of Wrath and has lengthy been hailed as an American vintage in its personal right.

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