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Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck

GRADES 11-12

First published in 1939, The Grapes of Wrath is a landmark of American literature, This Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930's and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads-driven from their homestead by the "land companies" and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. A portrait of conflict between the powerful and the powerless, the novel captures the horrors of the Depression and probes the very nature of equality in America.



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