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The Grapes of Wrath Cornell University Edition
“At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American Classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the trasnformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are driven off their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. From their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of this new America, Steinbeck creates a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision,tragic but ultimately stirring in its insistence on human diginity.” ― Penguin Classics

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American Treasures of the Library of Congress

National Endowment for the Arts -- The Big Read 

NPR: Present at the Creation (February 25, 2002) 

PBS American Masters: The American Novel 

Tom the Dancing Bug cartoon-- The Grapes of Wrath, 2008: How will our generation handle a Great Depression?By Ruben Bolling

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