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Contextualising `Of Mice and Men'
During the Great Depression the American dream had become a nightmare. What was once the land
of opportunity was now the land of desperation. What was once the land of hope and optimism had
become the land of despair.The American people were questioning all the…

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Businesses and industry were also affected. Having lost much of their own
capital in either the Stock Market Crash or the bank closures, many businesses
started cutting back their workers' hours or wages. In turn, consumers began to
curb their spending, refraining from purchasing such things as luxury goods. This…

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Riding the Rails

During the Great Depression, millions of people were out of work across the
United States. Unable to find another job locally, many unemployed people hit
the road, traveling from place to place, hoping to find some work. A few of
these people had cars, but most hitchhiked…


Paul Dutton


Another good resource which places the novel in its historical context.

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