Of Mice and Men

By: Briley and Gia

The Great Depression

On October 1929 a long-lasting catastrophe began after the economic downfall. This sent Wall Street into a panic, millions of investors wiped out, and customers spending dropped causing steep declines in output and rising levels of unemployment. In 1933, thirteen to fifteen million Americans were unemployed. Also half the countries banks had failed. The country was in severe economic depression.
President Franklin D Roosevelt helped lessen the worse effects through relief and reform measures. The economy did not fully recover until 1939 when World War two kicked pushed the demand in the American industry into high gear. The new need for supply in the war lead to employment and utilization.
The Great Depression: An Interactive Video

The American Dream

The American Dream was the thought of success, fame, and wealth through hard work and thrift. The people living the 'American Dream' had everything everyone wanted. They had money, land, and fame. People were born into the life, but others had no chance of getting there.

During the 19th and 20th century the American Dream has also been known as the ‘Get Rich Quick’ scheme. But the truth is that there are only three ways the live the dream: big time game shows, winning the lottery, or compensation lawsuits. Most people view it as the more hard work you put in, it has the potential to lead to happiness, being successful, and that feeling of ‘Living the dream’.

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John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California. In the early twentieth century he was successful in the farming community. He enjoyed a good childhood and went to college at Stanford in 1919. During high school he loved reading and writing. He was stay up late working on his stories. He knew he wanted to be a writer since the age of 15. At Stanford we took classes like creative writing and biology. He attended this school on and off for six years, but never got a degree.

John wrote his first novel, Cup of Gold, in 1929. He met a women named Carol Henning shorty after writing his book and they fell in love and got married in 1930. Eventually he wrote many books and one even ended up on Broadway; Of Mice and Men. He and his wife were having troubles and soon divorced in 1943. John later married Gwyn Conger and they had his only children, John and Thomas. He wrote many, many more novels and scripts. He passed away after a period of mini-strokes in his home on December 10, 1968.