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John Steinbecks The Grapes of Wrath And this I believe that the free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in all the world And this I would fight for the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes undirected And this I must fight against any idea religion or government which limits or destroys the individual In 1939 as the United States was nearing the end of the Great Depression John Steinbeck had finished the infamous novel The Grapes of Wrath Although most of his works were based upon the poor lonely and exiled Steinbecks biggest success came with The Grapes of Wrath a story that honed in on migrant workers searching for their place in society as well as a place to call home After he had written the book many in America were able to comprehend the travesty of the Great Depression along with the devastating drought in the mid-west These events Steinbeck had written about were real the characters maybe not but the way people were forced to live in that time period was extremely real Steinbeck wanted to collect and research material for his novel so he and his first wife Carol embarked on a journey which lead from Oklahoma to California Throughout the trip Steinbeck had seen roadside camps diners gas stations and used-car lots which were eventually used in The Grapes of Wrath This was also how he came up with the idea of writing about migrants Steinbeck spent a month with workers in California working with them in the fields and living in their camps only to find that the conditions infuriated him so he began a protest about the treatment and living conditions for migrant workers and the way they were treated by California ranch owners Steinbeck dove into The Grapes of Wrath with a passion fueled by anger sympathy and in my opinion a sense of
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