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The Depression
· Unemployment brought with it poverty,
hunger and homelessness.
· Firms and banks went bust and people's
savings disappeared when the banks
closed
· It was hard to buy food and pay the rent…read more

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A Philadelphia storekeeper told a reporter of one
family he was keeping going
· Eleven children in that house. They've got
no shoes, no pants. In the house, no
chairs. My God, you go in there, you cry,
that's all.…read more

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California or Bust
· In the country, especially in the states of
Oklahoma and Arkansas, things were almost
worse than they were in the cities
· Farmers were being driven off their land
· There had been a series of droughts which had
ruined the crops and dried up the soil, and
farmers could not afford to re-pay the bank loans
which had helped them buy their farms.
· When the banks took the land back, whole
families had to move ­ but where to?…read more

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California or Bust
· People headed to California, where the soil was
good and there was supposed to be plenty of
room.
· Steinbeck didn't mention these farmers directly
in `Of Mice and Men'. Instead, he makes George
and Lennie dream of a little piece of land/
· The two men come to represent in a simple way
the hunger for land of many millions of people,
and their dream of being able to settle down.…read more

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Reality
· For most of the farmers the dream never
came true
· They were driven away by the Californians
who thought they were going to be
overrun.
· They had nowhere to go back to, and
many lived in vast camps like refugee
camps in the California valleys.…read more

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