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America in the 1930s

In the 1930s America was in a mess- economic depression, poverty, social
inequalities...knowing about the social conditions of the time should help you understand
why this novel became a classic overnight.

In the 1920s the American economy was booming...

The 1920s was a `boom time' for…

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Travelling farm workers moved from farm to farm looking for work. In return for
their hard work they got a bed, food and a small wage
They took temporary jobs wherever they could find them, and moved on when the
work was finished. They often travelled alone

Hollywood was on…

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