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John Steinbeck

The Harvest Gypsies: On the Road to the Grapes of Wrath

Nonfiction | Essay Collection | Adult | Published in 1936

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Essay Topics


Steinbeck detailed the various ways that large-scale, speculative farmers exploited workers and suppressed potential revolts. Discuss these methods and their effects on the workers. Use three or four quotes/examples to support your argument.


Dorothea Lange photographed migrant workers; some of her most powerful photos appear in this book. Select two or three photos and describe not only the content of the photos, but also how the photos shed light on specific issues facing migrant workers. Use quotes and examples from Steinbeck’s articles to support your argument.


Steinbeck wished for migrants to support themselves through “self-help.” What is “self-help?” Name two or three policy recommendations that Steinbeck suggested would be necessary for migrant workers to achieve self-governance.