Of Mice And Men

By: Rylee Priole and Emilee Cramer

The Great Depression

In October of 1929 the stock market crashed, which sent us into The Great Depression. The Great Depression lasted from 1929 to 1939. This caused years of dropped consumer spending, steep declines in industrial output and a raising level of unemployed workers. Many people were trying to find jobs to provide for their family so they wouldn’t lose their house and belongings. African Americans had the most trouble, because the jobs they had were taken away and given to whites. When the Great Depression reached its lowest peak, 13 to 15 million people were unemployed and the banks had all failed.


President Herbert Hoover, who was president at the time of the Great Depression, created the Hoover administration. The Hoover administration tried to support failing banks by giving them government loans that they could give to businesses. He also told people that the Great Depression was “a passing incident in our national lives,” and that it would only last for 60 days. Another man who played a big role in The Great Depression was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Franklin Roosevelt, who was the governor of New York at the time, offered Americans a new deal, and was elected in 1932. Once elected, he took quick action to fix the problem by declaring that the banks have a four day holiday. This way, Congress could pass a new act that could stabilize the banking system. This rescued the country from the hardships of The Great Depression.


http://www.history.com/topics/great-depression

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/dustbowl-great-depression/

The Great Depression: Crash Course US History #33

The American Dream


James Truslow Adams stated 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, regardless of social class or circumstances of birth”. The American Dream has changed over time, but originated from frontier life. Today the American Dream says that prosperity comes from hard work, and that you should make individual decisions. The American Dream involves getting somewhere in life that makes you happy. Something may include having a job, a spouse, and children that you love. It also involves providing for your children, so they can live a successful life. You may hear the term, “you are living the American dream”.


When one hears “the American Dream,” ideals that come to mind are words like equality, liberty, opportunity, and happiness. These ideals are things that every American has the right to strive to achieve. While it is not possible to achieve the perfect life, it is possible to live a fulfilling life. This is The American Dream’s mission.


http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/american-dream/students/thedream.html

http://www.americandreaming.net/

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John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck was a famous American author, born in Salinas, California. He wrote approximately thirty books, ranging from nonfiction to short fictional stories. In 1962 he was awarded the Nobel Prize In Literature,"’for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception.’" His most famous work was a novel called The Grapes of Wrath, a story taking place in the Great Depression era. The main character and his family are forced from their home, in hopes to find jobs and a better future. Together they must stay united and be cooperative to survive this hard time.


Steinbeck applied many different themes in his writing. One of his biggest themes was about suffering and hardship, and how to overcome these. Many of his stories included common people, just working to survive. However, some of his books were also humorous. Throughout all of his pieces, he mentions humans and their interactions to others and the world around them.


http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1962/steinbeck-bio.html

http://faculty.georgetown.edu/bassr/heath/syllabuild/iguide/steinbec.html

Mini Bio: John Steinbeck