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The Grapes of Wrath
SUBJECTS — U.S./1929 - 1939, Oklahoma & California;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Families in Crisis;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Fairness.
Age: 12+; Not Rated; Drama; 1940, 128 minutes; B & W.
Driven off their Oklahoma farm during the Dust Bowl days of the Great Depression, the Joad family loads its belongings onto a truck and joins thousands of other dispossessed farmers on the trek to California.
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The Grapes of Wrath shows the tragedy and heart-ache of the Great Depression.
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During the 1920s and 1930s, farmers plowed up grassland on the Southern Great Plains to plant wheat. In 1934 and 1935, in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and the Dakotas, a severe drought killed the wheat plants. High winds blew the topsoil off the land and into huge dunes. Violent dust storms turned the sky black at midday and people had to breathe through their handkerchiefs. About 150,000 square miles of land in the Southern Great Plains came to be called the Dust Bowl.
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