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The Grapes Of WrathThe people and the DepressionIn the movie The grapes of Wrath the Joads undergo the hit of the depression they haveto leave their farm They go to California for jobs but find there are few jobs and it pays little orat least less then what they were told The government tried to start programs to house and employpeople like the Joads Since the people who already lived in the cities in which these developments wereput didnt want them there anyway they tried to start a riot and have the police Arrest them Althoughin the movie the plan was foiled it could have worked in many other places or the towns folk could havejust created a lynch mob and eventually the people living in the development would leave I believe that the economic situation of the country has a great effect on the fall orsuccession of people like the Joads but I dont believe government programs will effect them at all For example the great depression was a major economical event and it greatly effected more then justpeople like the Joads but programs like the public works administration which employed people forgovernment construction projects Another program the Works Progress Administration later called theWorks Projects Administration was created to develop relief programs and to keep a persons skills From 1935-1943 it employed 8 million people and spent 11 billion dollars But in 1939 there werestill 95 million still unemployed Another program was the Civilian Conservation Corps Unemployedunmarried young men were enlisted to work on conservation and resource-development projects such as soilconservation flood control and protection of forests and wildlife These men were provided with food lodging and other necessities and were given a small monthly salary Anotherprogram was the CWA the civil works administration It employed more then 4 million workers to buildand repair roads and teach in schools were just a couple of the jobs Some of these programs would work temporarily but
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