Of Mice and Men Flyer

By Evan Miller and Ethan Mann

John Steinbeck

John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. was an American author of 27 books. He had 16 novels, six non fiction books, and five collections of short stories. After his story Tortilla Flat he moved on to more serious fiction writing. He moved onto stories like Dubious Battles which was followed by of Mice and Men. One of his more popular novels The Grapes of Wrath, written in 1939, was about a family that had migrated from the Oklahoma Dust Bowl to California. The book won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award and what some may consider his best work.

Many of Steinbeck's novels had to deal with economic problems. John Steinbeck's later works East of Eden(1952), The Winter of our discontent(1961), Travels with Charley(1962), which were Steinbeck's impressions during a three month tour in a truck that lead him through 40 different American States.

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The American Dream

The American Dream is rooted in the Declaration of Independence. Which states that "all men are created equal" with the right to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." The American dream are a bunch of ideals(Democracy, Rights, Liberty, Opportunity, and Equality). It is the idea that we have Freedom to do what we want and achieve great things and be successful which is done through hard work in a society that is free.

James Truslow Adams wrote in his book The Epic of America that the American Dream is "that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. The American Dream is that anyone can come here and become better and richer through work.
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The Great Depression


The great depression was a world wide economic depression that occurred between 1929 and the mid 1930’s. In the United States, The Depression was caused by the stock market crash that occurred on October 29, 1929. This day was called Black Tuesday. This was caused by the fall of stock prices that started around the beginning of September. 12.9 million shares were traded and most of them ended up worthless because most of them were purchased with borrowed money.

The Great Depression caused many hardships for both rich and poor countries to overcome. In the U.S, the unemployment rate was up 607%. This was because of the the spending and investment greatly decreased. Factories were forced to fire their worker and slow business as well as production. By 1931, 6 million people where looking for work.

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