Today in Media History is taking a break for the holidays. During that time, we’re sharing some popular posts from Today in Media History’s archives. This post originally ran on September 12.
On September 12, 1936, The Nation magazine published John Steinbeck’s article “Dubious Battle in California.” This Depression era article about California labor migrants helped the author develop ideas for his fictional novel, “The Grapes of Wrath.” Here is an excerpt:
“The drought in the Middle West has very recently made available an
enormous amount of cheap labor. Workers have been coming to California
in nondescript cars from Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, and other states,
parts of which have been rendered uninhabitable by drought.
Proverty-stricken after the destruction to their farms, their last
reserves used up in making the trip, they have arrived so beaten and
destitute that they have been willing at first to work under any
conditions and for any wages offered.
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