The Harvest Gypsies

The Harvest Gypsies
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Heyday.ORIM
Total Pages: 82
Release: 2017-05-01
ISBN: 1597143421
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Harvest Gypsies Book Excerpt:

A collection of newspaper articles about Dust Bowl migrants in California’s Central Valley by the author of The Grapes of Wrath, accompanied by photos. Three years before his triumphant novel The Grapes of Wrath—a fictional portrayal of a Depression-era family fleeing Oklahoma during a disastrous period of drought and dust storms—John Steinbeck wrote seven articles for the San Francisco News about these history-making events and the hundreds of thousands who made their way west to work as farm laborers. With the inquisitiveness of an investigative reporter and the emotional power of a novelist in his prime, Steinbeck toured the squatters’ camps and Hoovervilles of rural California. The Harvest Gypsies gives us an eyewitness account of the horrendous Dust Bowl migration, and provides the factual foundation for Steinbeck’s masterpiece. Included are twenty-two photographs by Dorothea Lange and others, many of which accompanied Steinbeck’s original articles. '”Steinbeck’s potent blend of empathy and moral outrage was perfectly matched by the photographs of Dorothea Lange, who had caught the whole saga with her camera—the tents, the jalopies, the bindlestiffs, the pathos and courage of uprooted mothers and children.”—San Francisco Review of Books “Steinbeck’s journalism shares the enduring quality of his famous novel…Certain to engage students of both American literature and labor history.”—Publishers Weekly

Study Guide

Study Guide
Author: Supersummary
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 50
Release: 2019-11-24
ISBN: 9781711063133
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Study Guide Book Excerpt:

SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. This 48-page guide for "The Harvest Gypsies" by John Steinbeck includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 7 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis. Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 15 important quotes, essay topics, and key themes like Journalism as a Tool for Advocacy and Living in Dignity and the Rise of Organized Labor.

Lecture The Harvest Gypsies on the Road to The Grapes of Wrath by Charles Wollenberg

Lecture  The Harvest Gypsies  on the Road to The Grapes of Wrath  by  Charles Wollenberg
Author: Gleeson Library Associates
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 1
Release: 1989
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lecture The Harvest Gypsies on the Road to The Grapes of Wrath by Charles Wollenberg Book Excerpt:

From Good Ma to Welfare Queen

From Good Ma to Welfare Queen
Author: Vivyan Campbell Adair
Publsiher: Psychology Press
Total Pages: 153
Release: 2000
ISBN: 9780815336518
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Good Ma to Welfare Queen Book Excerpt:

Through this exploration the connection between textual representation and social productions of the "Real" become startlingly apparent.".

Critical Companion to John Steinbeck

Critical Companion to John Steinbeck
Author: Jeffrey D. Schultz,Luchen Li
Publsiher: Infobase Publishing
Total Pages: 417
Release: 2005
ISBN: 1438108508
Category: Electronic books
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Critical Companion to John Steinbeck Book Excerpt:

Celebrates the American writer who in his works confronted and explored the social fabric of the United States in the early 20th century. More than 500 entries include synopses of his novels, short stories, and nonfiction; descriptions of his characters, details about family, friends, and associates.

Witnesses to the Struggle

Witnesses to the Struggle
Author: Anne Loftis
Publsiher: University of Nevada Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2014-05-16
ISBN: 0874174406
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Witnesses to the Struggle Book Excerpt:

In this groundbreaking interdisciplinary study, Loftis examines the artists who put a human face on the farmworkers’ plight in California during the Great Depression, focusing on writer John Steinbeck, photographer Dorothea Lange, sociologist and author Paul Taylor, and journalist Carey McWilliams. Loftis probes the interplay between journalism and art in the 1930s, when both academics and artists felt an urgent need to be relevant in the face of enormous misery. The power of their work grew out of their personal involvement in both the labor struggles and the hardships endured by workers and their families. Steinbeck, Lange, and the other artists and intellectuals in their circles created the public images of their times. Works such as The Grapes of Wrath or Lange’s Migrant Mother actually helped mold public opinion and form government policies. Even today these works remain icons in our shared perception of that era. Loftis helps us understand why this art still seems the truest representation of those desperate times, three-quarters of a century later.

The Pull of Politics

The Pull of Politics
Author: Milton A. Cohen
Publsiher: University of Missouri Press
Total Pages: 332
Release: 2018-10-01
ISBN: 0826274153
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Pull of Politics Book Excerpt:

In the late 1930s, John Steinbeck, Richard Wright, and Ernest Hemingway wrote novels that won critical acclaim and popular success: The Grapes of Wrath, Native Son, and For Whom the Bell Tolls. All three writers were involved with the Left at the time, and that commitment informed their fiction. Milton Cohen examines their motives for involvement with the Left; their novels’ political themes; and why they separated from the Left after the novels were published. These writers were deeply conflicted about their political commitments, and Cohen explores the tensions that arose between politics and art, resulting in the abandonment of a political attachment.

Orange Empire

Orange Empire
Author: Douglas Cazaux Sackman
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 386
Release: 2007-03-20
ISBN: 0520251679
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Orange Empire Book Excerpt:

"Douglas Sackman peels an orange and finds inside nothing less than an American agricultural-industrial culture in all its inventive, exploitative, transformative, and destructive power. A beautifully researched and intellectually expansive book."—Elliott West, author of The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, & the Rush to Colorado

Homer from Salinas

Homer from Salinas
Author: William Anthony Nericcio
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 190
Release: 2009
ISBN: 1879691892
Category: California
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Homer from Salinas Book Excerpt:

Violet America

Violet America
Author: Jason Arthur
Publsiher: University of Iowa Press
Total Pages: 168
Release: 2013-04-05
ISBN: 1609381475
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Violet America Book Excerpt:

Violet America takes on the long habit among literary historians and critics of thinking about large segments of American literary production in terms of regionalism or "local color" writing, thus marginalizing important literary works. Rather than simply celebrating regional difference, Jason Arthur argues, regional cosmopolitan fiction blends the nation's cultural polarities into a connected, interdependent America. Book jacket.

Homelessness A Documentary and Reference Guide

Homelessness  A Documentary and Reference Guide
Author: Neil Larry Shumsky
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 389
Release: 2012-01-16
ISBN: 0313377014
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Homelessness A Documentary and Reference Guide Book Excerpt:

This book presents an unflinching investigation of homelessness in the United States—a problem that has been with us since the arrival of the first English settlers nearly 400 years ago. • Primary documents, including government reports, selections from novels, historical photographs, personal reminiscences, and more • Dozens of illustrative photographs • Subject-specific bibliographies • A guide to relevant reference materials

Nature Class and New Deal Literature

Nature  Class  and New Deal Literature
Author: Professor of American Studies and Director Postgraduate Centre in the Humanities School of English and American Studies Stephen Fender,Stephen Fender
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 244
Release: 2011-08-22
ISBN: 113663228X
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nature Class and New Deal Literature Book Excerpt:

Working through close rhetorical analysis of everything from fiction and journalism to documents and documentaries, this book looks at how popular memory favors the country Depression over the economic crisis in the nation’s cities and factories. Over eighty years after it happened, the Depression still lives on in iconic images of country poor whites – in the novels of John Steinbeck, the photographs of Dorothea Lange and Arthur Rothstein, the documentary films of Pare Lorenz and the thousands of share-croppers’ life histories as taken down by the workers of the Federal Writers’ Project. Like the politicians and bureaucrats who accomplished the New Deal’s radical reforms in banking, social security and labor union law, the artists, novelists and other writers who supported or even worked for the New Deal were idealists, well to the left of center in their politics. Yet when it came to hard times on the American farm, something turned them into unwitting reactionaries. Though they brought these broken lives of the country poor to the notice and sympathy of the public, they also worked unconsciously to undermine their condition. How and why? Fender shows how the answer lies in clues overlooked until now, hidden in their writing -- their journalism and novels, the "life histories" they ghost wrote for their poor white clients, the bureaucratic communications through which they administered these cultural programs, even in the documentary photographs and movies, with their insistent captions and voice-overs. This book is a study of literary examples from in and around the country Depression, and the myths on which they drew.

Food and Eating in America

Food and Eating in America
Author: James C. Giesen,Bryant Simon
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2018-02-26
ISBN: 111893640X
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Food and Eating in America Book Excerpt:

Guides students through a rich menu of American history through food and eating This book features a wide and diverse range of primary sources covering the cultivation, preparation, marketing, and consumption of food from the time before Europeans arrived in North America to the present-day United States. It is organized around what the authors label the “Four P’s”—production, politics, price, and preference—in order to show readers that food represents something more than nutrition and the daily meals that keep us alive. The documents in this book demonstrate that food we eat is a “highly condensed social fact” that both reflects and is shaped by politics, economics, culture, religion, region, race, class, and gender. Food and Eating in America covers more than 500 years of American food and eating history with sections on: An Appetizer: What Food and Eating Tell Us About America; Hunting, Harvesting, Starving, and the Occasional Feast: Food in Early America; Fields and Foods in the Nineteenth Century; Feeding a Modern World: Revolutions in Farming, Food, and Famine; and Counterculture Cuisines and Culinary Tourism. Presents primary sources from a wide variety of perspectives—Native Americans, explorers, public officials, generals, soldiers, slaves, slaveholders, clergy, businessmen, workers, immigrants, activists, African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, artists, writers, investigative reporters, judges, the owners of food trucks, and prison inmates Illustrates the importance of eating and food through speeches, letters, diaries, memoirs, newspaper and magazine articles, illustrations, photographs, song lyrics, advertisements, legislative statutes, court rulings, interviews, manifestoes, government reports, and recipes Offers a new way of exploring how people lived in the past by looking closely and imaginatively at food Food and Eating in America: A Documentary Reader is an ideal book for students of United States history, food, and the social sciences. It will also appeal to foodies and those with a curiosity for documentary-style books of all kinds.

Settling the Borderland

Settling the Borderland
Author: Jan Whitt
Publsiher: University Press of America
Total Pages: 178
Release: 2008
ISBN: 9780761840930
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Settling the Borderland Book Excerpt:

Settling the Borderland deals with the intimate connection between journalism and literature, both fields in which work by women has been underrepresented. This book has a twin focus: the work of journalists who became some of the greatest novelists, poets, and short-story writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in America, several of whom are men, and contemporary journalists who best exemplify the effective use of literary techniques in news coverage. Although five women are emphasized here (Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty, Joan Didion, Sara Davidson, and Susan Orlean), three men whose work was profoundly influenced by journalism also are included. Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, and John Steinbeck are well known as writers of poetry, short stories, and novels, but they, too, are among the "other voices" rarely included in studies of literary journalism. In Settling the Borderland, Jan Whitt presents a thorough analysis of the increasingly indistinct lines between truth and fiction and between fact and creative narrative in contemporary media.

A Political Companion to John Steinbeck

A Political Companion to John Steinbeck
Author: Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh,Simon Stow
Publsiher: University Press of Kentucky
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2013-06-01
ISBN: 0813142032
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Political Companion to John Steinbeck Book Excerpt:

Though he was a recipient of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature, American novelist John Steinbeck (1902--1968) has frequently been censored. Even in the twenty-first century, nearly ninety years after his work first appeared in print, Steinbeck's novels, stories, and plays still generate controversy: his 1937 book Of Mice and Men was banned in some Mississippi schools in 2002, and as recently as 2009, he made the American Library Association's annual list of most frequently challenged authors. A Political Companion to John Steinbeck examines the most contentious political aspects of the author's body of work, from his early exploration of social justice and political authority during the Great Depression to his later positions regarding domestic and international threats to American policies. Featuring contemporaneous and present-day interpretations of his novels and essays by historians, literary scholars, and political theorists, this book covers the spectrum of Steinbeck's writing, exploring everything from his place in American political culture to his seeming betrayal of his leftist principles in later years.

A Journey into Steinbeck s California

A Journey into Steinbeck s California
Author: Susan Shillinglaw
Publsiher: Roaring Forties Press
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2011-09-15
ISBN: 0984625461
Category: Travel
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Journey into Steinbeck s California Book Excerpt:

This part art book, part biography, and part travel guide offers insight into how landscapes and townscapes influenced John Steinbeck's creative process and how, in turn, his legacy has influenced modern California. Various types of readers will appreciate the information in this guide—literary pilgrims will learn more about the state featured so prominently in Steinbeck's work, tourists can visit the same buildings that he lived in and wrote about, and historians will appreciate the engrossing perspective on daily life in early and mid 20th-century California. Offering an entirely new perspective on Steinbeck and the people and places that he brought to life in his writing, this edition includes a wonderful variety of photographs, sketches, and paintings, including some from private, rarely seen collections. With a new preface from the author, updated details on featured websites, a new discussion on Steinbeck’s ecological interests and activities, and an extended exploration of his many travels to Mexico, readers will find delight in this depiction of the symbiotic relationship between an author and his favorite places.

California on the Breadlines

California on the Breadlines
Author: Jan Goggans
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 345
Release: 2010
ISBN: 0520266218
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

California on the Breadlines Book Excerpt:

"Jan Goggans has found a wonderful way to explore the rich history of 1930s California: by giving us a deep look at the indispensable work of economist Paul Taylor and photographer Dorothea Lange, the brilliant husband-wife team whose classic from '39, An American Exodus, deserves a spot on the shelf right next to The Grapes of Wrath. With prose that's as insightful as Taylor's own and as vivid as a Lange photograph, California on the Breadlines both captures and contextualizes this hugely important period. Goggans's book will surely find its own place in the canon of Californiana."--Rick Wartzman, author of Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath "During the Great Depression, Paul Taylor and Dorothea Lange took to the embattled fields of California on behalf of a suffering nation. This elegant narrative presents the national service and shared passion of two talented Americans swept up by the drama of their times and their growing discovery of each other."--Kevin Starr, University of Southern California "A rich and gorgeous book, and an elegant treatment of the complex and fascinating personal/professional relationship between husband and wife, labor economist Paul Taylor and photographer Dorothea Lange. Their photojournalism gave face and voice to the mute shuffling in 1930s California breadlines, etching into the national mind the greatest sufferers in a decade of agony. Professor Goggans' study is seminal in 21st century California studies: thoroughly researched, critically sophisticated and global in imagination, a pleasure to pore over and read through. California on the Breadlines is a true and riveting narrative of the rare, singular partnership between Lange and Taylor."--Jack Hicks, co-editor of The Literature of California, Volume I "This is an extraordinary book. Goggans elegantly interweaves sound scholarship with the moving human stories of California's Dust Bowl immigrants. In bringing the agony of Depression-era California home to the nation, we immediately think of John Steinbeck and Carey McWilliams. But Goggans makes it dramatically clear that Taylor and Lange, labor economist and photographer, husband and wife, fused documentary photojournalism and the traditions of protest literature to create a new form that was at least as essential in telling that story and in proposing remedies. As such, California on the Breadlines is a powerful reminder that even in terrible economic times, when Americans are willing, hope and imagination are always possible."--Peter Schrag, author of Not Fit for Our Society: Immigration and Nativism in America "A major contribution, meticulously researched and written. Goggans refracts the complex histories of California labor and migration through the lens of Lange and Taylor's fieldwork, landmark images, and remarkable marriage. Rare in scholarship, this book narrates history's epic arc alongside the more intimate story of Lange and Taylor, providing a wealth of insights on the Great Depression that reads like the Great American novel."--John T. Caldwell, author of Production Culture and director of Rancho California (por favor) "California on the Breadlines offers a compelling analysis of how Lange's and Taylor's work grew out of their shared social concerns and how that work offers a unique portrait of the cultural imagination of their time--which of course, their work also helped to shape."--Terry Beers, author of Gunfight at Mussel Slough: Evolution of a Western Myth "Goggans provides an accessible and compelling account of the path that brought Paul Taylor and Dorothea Lange together and led them to dedicate their lives and work to documenting conditions of poverty in California."--Flannery Burke, author of From Greenwich Village to Taos: Primitivism and Place at Mabel Dodge Luhan's

The Nature of California

The Nature of California
Author: Sarah D. Wald
Publsiher: University of Washington Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2016-08-25
ISBN: 0295806583
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Nature of California Book Excerpt:

The California farmlands have long served as a popular symbol of America�s natural abundance and endless opportunity. Yet, from John Steinbeck�s The Grapes of Wrath and Carlos Bulosan�s America Is in the Heart to Helena Maria Viramontes�s Under the Feet of Jesus, many novels, plays, movies, and songs have dramatized the brutality and hardships of working in the California fields. Little scholarship has focused on what these cultural productions tell us about who belongs in America, and in what ways they are allowed to belong. In The Nature of California, Sarah Wald analyzes this legacy and its consequences by examining the paradoxical representations of California farmers and farmworkers from the Dust Bowl migration to present-day movements for food justice and immigrant rights. Analyzing fiction, nonfiction, news coverage, activist literature, memoirs, and more, Wald gives us a new way of thinking through questions of national belonging by probing the relationships among race, labor, and landownership. Bringing together ecocriticism and critical race theory, she pays special attention to marginalized groups, examining how Japanese American journalists, Filipino workers, United Farm Workers members, and contemporary immigrants-rights activists, among others, pushed back against the standard narratives of landownership and citizenship.

Right Out of California

Right Out of California
Author: Kathryn S. Olmsted
Publsiher: New Press, The
Total Pages: 386
Release: 2010-05-11
ISBN: 1620971399
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Right Out of California Book Excerpt:

“Olmsted finds in Depression-era California the crucible for strong-arm policies against farm workers that bolstered the conservative movement” (Kirkus Reviews). At a time when a resurgent immigrant labor movement is making urgent demands on twenty-first-century America—and when a new and virulent strain of right-wing anti-immigrant populism is roiling the political waters—Right Out of California is a fresh and profoundly relevant touchstone for anyone seeking to understand the roots of our current predicament. This major reassessment of modern conservatism reexamines the explosive labor disputes in the agricultural fields of Depression-era California, the cauldron that inspired a generation of artists and writers and that triggered the intervention of FDR’s New Deal. Noted historian Kathryn S. Olmsted tells how this brief moment of upheaval terrified business leaders into rethinking their relationship to American politics—a narrative that pits a ruthless generation of growers against a passionate cast of reformers, writers, and revolutionaries. “Olmstead’s vivid, accomplished narrative really belongs to the historiography of the left . . . As her strong research shows, race and gender prejudice informed, or deformed, almost the whole of American social and cultural life in the 1930s and was as common on the left as on the right.” —The New York Times Book Review “An accessible work that aids in contextualizing the rise of future conservative leaders such as Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.” —Publishers Weekly “A major reworking of the Republican right’s origins, this is also a compelling read for anyone interested in California’s outsize importance in America’s recent past.” —Darren Dochuk, author of From Bible Belt to Sunbelt

Steinbeck s Typewriter

Steinbeck s Typewriter
Author: Robert DeMott
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2012-10-17
ISBN: 1475969503
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Steinbeck s Typewriter Book Excerpt:

“[Steinbeck’s Typewriter: Essays on His Art] collects several of DeMott’s finest essays on Steinbeck... [that are] so carefully revised as to warn other critics seeking their own ‘collected essay’ volume of the difference between a genuinely lapidary compilation and a kitchen midden. Illustrated with some rare photos, this collection is especially notable...” —John Ditsky, Choice “...Steinbeck’s Typewriter... stands as the most in-depth treatment of Steinbeck’s aesthetics, particularly in its exploration of the author’s ‘interior spaces and creative habits,’ elements of Steinbeck’s artistry which have not only been underestimated but woefully ignored.” —Stephen George, Steinbeck Review