Modernism:  1915- 1946

The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck

Some "Text to Text" & "Text to World" connections to explore...

Nobel e-Museum: John Steinbeck 

The National Steinbeck Center

Whole Novel 

John Steinbeck: The California Novels- The Grapes of Wrath

 E-Text for The Grapes of Wrath

The Bible Gateway- Search for  Psalm 32 and Ecclesiastes 4  

Freedom of Information Act: FBI’s Files on John Steinbeck ( use search feaure to find files)

Life as a Tenant Farmer-  Oklahoma in the 1930s

American Memory: The Library of Congress

America from The Great Depression to WWII

Tenant Farmer, Oklahoma

Life as a Migrant Worker- California in the 1930s

Weedpatch Camp

American Memory: The Library of Congress

Drought Refugees in CA

Drought Refugees in California Migrant Camp

Migrant Mother


 Farming in the 1930s

Farming life before the tractor

Traveling  Route 66

What’s a babbitt?

What’s a con-rod?  

Time Magazine: "A Brief History of Route 66"  by Christina Crapanzano

Explore the Health and Poverty Connection    

What’s “black tongue”?

What’s pellagra? 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources

Novel Excerpt: Chapter 3, The Grapes of Wrath - "The Turtle" - p.766

Multi-Media Resources: Music 

Woody Guthrie's:

“This Land Is Your Land”

“Union Maid”

“Tom Joad”

“Route 66”- lyrics by Bobby Troup

“Ghost of Tom Joad” - Bruce Springsteen

“Ghost of Tom Joad” - Rage Against the Machine

“For What It’s Worth” - Buffalo Springfield

“Battle Hymn of the Republic”- William Steffe

"California, Here I Come"- Library of Congress

"Bread and Roses" by James Oppenheim 

See the trailer for the 20th Century Fox film adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath 

Turner Classic Movies: clips, synopsis, cast list and more.

Missed part of the film? Check out this full scene by scene synopsis

Below, see the trailer for the 20th Centry Fox film adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath 

Explore PBS' Surviving the Dustbowl and view clip from this documentary  below:

Explore Ken Burns' Dust Bowl and a view a clip from this documentary below: