Mini research

Marissa hackl

The Great Depression

The stock market crash of 1929 was the cause of the depression. On Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929, stocks lost between $10-15 billion. Because banks lent money to stock speculators, invested depositors money in stock market, they were weakened and didn't have enough money to loan individuals. Some banks even closed. This resulted in panic runs that spread thought the country. Bank holidays were created to prevent more bank closings. In 1932. 30,000 companies went out of business. In 1933, 12 million workers had no jobs, 1/4 of the work force. People relied on soup kitchens and lived in Hoovervilles.
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John Stienbeck

February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968

John wrote 27 books and received the Nobel Piece Prize for literature.

He was born in Salinas, California. His dad was a county treasurer while his mom was a former school teacher. John lived in rural town growing up. He would work on ranches over the summer and this is where he learned the harsh side of being human. Parts of this experience influenced some of Of Mice and Men. He attended Stanford but didn't get a degree. He lived in a cottage during the depression. His fist novel was, Cup of Gold. He later died in New York City in 1968.

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Of Mice and Men

Written by John Steinbeck in 1937. It is based on his experiences as a bindlestiff. This is about two laborers in a California vegetable field. George, small and quick and Lennie, a big man, they stick together. They want to own an acre of their own land. They get jobs in Salinas Valley but Lennie gets caught up in the women and other temptations.
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Works cited


"John Steinbeck - Biographical." John Steinbeck - Biographical. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2014. <http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1962/steinbeck-bio.html>.


"The Great Depression." About.com 20th Century History. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2014. <http://history1900s.about.com/od/1930s/p/greatdepression.htm>.



"Of mice and men." SparkNotes. SparkNotes, n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2014. <http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/micemen/>.