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1

Dustbowl

Severe drought causes the Dustbowl
1930s
Damages ecology and agriculture of prairies

2

Great Depression

Economic depression
Left Americans unemployed and nearly half the country’s banks had failed

3

‘Okies’

Poor immigrant citizens forced to leave their homes in Oklahoma.
Lived in migrant camps provided by Roosevelt

4

My Antonia

Immigrant experience - Czechs in Nebraska
“I help make this land one good farm” - theme of community
“I never came upon the place without emotion” - land and frontier, connected to land

5

TGoW as a Realist text

Common characters - immigrants
Society corrupted by materialism
Social Realism - aims to change a specific social problem

6

American Dream

The Joad’ American dream is to reach California and gain opportunity

7

Innocence to awareness

The Joads think that California is prosperous and the land of hope. They eventually realise that this is not the case and “she don’t look so prosperous”

8

Steinbeck’s “The Harvest Gypsies”

Portrayed the hardship of migrant workers

9

Jim Crow Laws

Laws enforcing racial segregation