Context research Mice and Men

Great depression, American dream, John Steinbeck


  • 1929-39


  • the deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialized world. In the United States


  • stock market crash of October 1929, which sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of investors.

  1. TERMS

  • Migrant worker- any people working outside of their home country. Some of these are called expatriates. Several countries have millions of foreign worker.
  • Manuel labor- manual work is physical work done by people, most especially in contrast to that done by machines, and to that done by working animals.
  • Debris- the remains of something that has been destroyed
  • Tramp- a foot traveler; someone who goes on an extended walk.
  • Despair- a state of loss of all hope


13 to 15 million Americans were unemployed and nearly half of the country’s banks had failed. Though the relief and reform measures put into place by President Franklin D. Roosevelt helped lessen the worst effects of the Great Depression in the 1930s, the economy would not fully turn around until after 1939, when World War II kicked American industry into high gear.

People believe the Great Depression in many was HELPED the country come closer together, right before WWII. at its nadir in 1933, 25 percent of all workers were completely out of work. Some people starved; many others lost their farms and homes. stuffed their possessions into dilapidated Model Ts and migrated to California in the false hope that the posters about plentiful jobs were true. Although the U.S. economy began to recover in the second quarter of 1933, the recovery largely stalled for most of 1934 and 1935. A more vigorous recovery commenced in late 1935 and continued into 1937, when a new depression occurred.



a national ethos of the United States, the set of ideals (Democracy, Rights, Liberty, Opportunity, and Equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work


The American dream is a mindset of hope of a life of plentiful success if you put in hard work. James Turslow Adams popularized the "American Dream" in his 1933 book, "Epic of America." But the American dream is more commonly known as a thought that in America anyone can achieve anything if they work for it no matter who they are. Which is why many immigrants came to America, to peruse a "better life", a sense of nationalism.

Many believe the American Dream is long since over, now it's all about how much money you have in your pocket, race, religion. So many external things that over power you willingness to work.


  1. "Better life"
  2. rights,liberties
  3. protection
  4. stability-financially,emotionally, contentiously


  • author

Of Mice and Men (1937)

The Grapes of Wrath (1939)

East of Eden (1952)

The Pearl (1992)

Travels with Charley (1962)

27 books, 6 nonfiction, 5 collections of short stories


John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr., was an American novelist.

He was born February 27th 1902, in Salinas Calif.

John dropped out of college and worked as manual laborer before having sucsess as a writer, he won the Pultzier Prize for The Grapes of Wrath


Early life-

He had a good, happy life. He grew up with three sisters. He was shy but smart. He greatly appreciated the land*, particularly the California's Silas valley.

He often locked himself in his room to write poems. 1919 he enrolled at Stanford University but dropped out to work as a Manuel laborer