Grapes of wrath 2

The people and the Depression In the book The grapes of Wrath, the Joads undergo the hit of the depression, they have to leave their farm. They go to California for jobs, but find there are few jobs, and it Pays little, or at least less then what they were told. The government tried to start programs to house and employ people like the Joads. Since the people who already lived in the cities in which these developments were put didn’t want them there anyway, they tried to start a riot and have the police Arrest them. Although in the movie the plan was foiled, it could have worked in many other places, or the towns folk could have just created a lynch mob, and eventually the people living in the development would leave. I believe that the economic situation of the country has a great effect on the fall, or succession of people like the Joads, but I don’t believe government programs will effect them at all.
For example, the great depression was a major economical event, and it greatly effected more then just people like the Joads, but programs like the public works administration, which employed people for government construction projects. Another program, the Works Progress Administration, later called the Works Projects Administration was created to develop relief programs, and to keep a person’s skills. From 1935-1943, it employed 8 million people, and spent 11 billion dollars. But in 1939, there were still 9.5 million still unemployed. Another program was the Civilian Conservation Corps. Unemployed, unmarried young men were enlisted to work on conservation and resource-development projects such as soil conservation, flood control, and protection of forests and wildlife. These men we! Provided with food, lodging, and other necessities, and were given a small monthly salary.
Another program was the CWA, the civil works administration. It employed more then 4 million workers to build and repair roads, and Teach in schools, were just a couple of the jobs. Some of these programs would work temporarily, but eventually there would be no more work to do, or the government would run out of funds. All these programs were hated by some, and loved by others, and some just didn’t care. The businessmen that were lucky enough not to lose everything and the other employees working in the cities who still had jobs during the depression didn’t like these new programs. In the movie, The Grapes of Wrath, The town’s people didn’t like the government-funded version of a “Hooverville”.
The townspeople, along with the police tired to start a fight during a dance, so the police could come in, arrest some of the people living there, and say that this new development wasn’t safe for the town, and it would have to be rid of. Fortunately for them they were able to discover their little plan, and spoiled the plan. But this showed how much the people in the towns hated these new developments like the Hoovervilles. Also, I can’t recall what town! It was in, but when the Joad’s approached one town border, the men there said there was no work, and that they would have to turn around, I believe they even had the police there. This showed how much the people already living in these towns and cities fear the coming farmers and others that had lost their jobs, for the townspeople wanted to keep their jobs.
I think it would have been smarter for the government to buy the farms that people like the Joads were being kicked off, that way they could still work there, and because they only got paid in food and shelter, the extra food that they made that used to go to their employer would go to the government which could either be sold for less, or given out in rations to the poor, and homeless. I believe that Roosevelt had too much power, he was making too many programs that didn’t work. He was throwing money here, and money there to programs designed to employ people, yet there were still millions of people still employed. I believe if he had less power, his plans would have been looked over more carefully, and the programs could have been substantially better.

I believe that the programs created by the government had little affect, and that the money could have been spent more wisely, and better programs could have been created, but I do think that the economy has a major impact on the fall, or survival of a family, like the Joads. This shows that communism was already happening in the United States of America even though they tried to ban this book.

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Grapes Of Wrath

Released from an Oklahoma state prison after serving four years of a manslaughter conviction, Tom Joad makes his way back to his familys farm amid the desolation of the Dust Bowl. He meets Jim Casy, a former preacher who gave up his calling out of a belief that all life is holy, and that simply being among the people as an equal is a sacred endeavor. Jim accompanies Tom to his home; when they find it deserted, fronted by withered crops, they travel to Toms Uncle Johns house, where they find the Joads preparing for a long trip to California in search of work. Large California landowners have poster announcement for employment throughout western Oklahoma, and Ma and Pa Joad have decided to move their family their; evicted from their farm by the bank that owned it, they feel as though they have no choice.
The journey to California in a rickety used truck is long and arduous, and results in the deaths of both Toms grandparents. Traveling along Highway 66, which is clogged with cars making the same trip to California for the same reasons, the Joads meet the Wilsons, a couple plagued with car trouble whom Ma Joad invites to travel with the family. Sairy Wilson is sick with cancer, and, near the California border, is unable to continue on the journey.
As the Joads near California, they hear ominous rumors of overcrowded camps and an overflowing labor market; one migrant tells Pa Joad that twenty thousand people show up for every eight hundred jobs, and that his own children starved to death in California. But the Joads press on, and eventually reach their destination. They move from camp to camp to squalid camp, looking in vain for work, struggling to find food, and struggling to hold the family together. Toms younger sister Rose of Sharon is pregnant and fearful that her child will be born deformed or even dead; eventually, her husband Connie abandons the family.
The environment in California is hostile in the extreme: the camps are overcrowded and full of starving migrants, the locals are fearful and angry at the flood of newcomers, whom they derisively label Oakies, prices are skyrocketing and work is almost impossible to find; when there is work, it never pays enough to keep food on the table. The large landowners do everything in their power to keep the migrants as poor and dependent as they can. Jim Casy is arrested in Toms place as a result of an argument over whether the worker should organize into a union, which the landowners want to prevent at all costs. At last, the Joads find a hospitable camp run by the government, where they make many friends and find work picking fruit. Tom helps the central camp committee, and when the police attempt to stage a riot during a camp dance as a alleged reason to break up the camp, Tom assist the men in defusing the problem. The Joads travel to another place in search of work, and Tom encounter Jim Casy, now released from prison and working to organize the migrants. Tom and Jim are discovered by the police, who kill Jim; Tom kills one of the policemen in anger, then escapes.
The other Joads move to a cotton-picking job not far away, while Tom hides from the police at a nearby stream. One day Ruthie, the youngest daughter in the Joad family, reveals to a girl in the camp that her brother has killed two men and is hiding away nearby. Ma Joad seeks Tom out to warn him, and Tom declares that he has decided to dedicate his life to fulfilling Jims task and organizing the migrant workers into a union.
The other Joads continue to live in the boxcar; one day, sixteen-year-old Al becomes entangled to Agnes Wainwright, a young girl whose family shares the Joads living space. Their lives are complicated by a long, hard rain that floods the nearby area and threatens to wash the boxcar away. Rose of Sharon gives birth to a stillborn child; the other Joads decide that it is time to leave. Saying goodbye to Al, who is determined to stay with Agnes, Ma Joad leads her family to a dry barn not far away. Here, they find a young boy kneeling over his father, who is slowly starving to death. He is unable to eat solid food, and need milk or soup to survive. Realizing that Rose of Sharon is now producing milk for her dead child, Ma Joad sends the others outside, and Rose of Sharon lies next to the man and guides his mouth over to her breast.
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