Mini Research

By: Brittany Saucedo

The Great Depression 1929 -- early 1940s

In the late 1920s, businesses and factories began to close. People lost their jobs. Economic depression spread across the country and the world. This period in the 1930s became known as the Great Depression.

The Great Depression affected many industries. Banks closed. Oil companies lost money. People had little money to spend. In 1932, farms made half as much money as three years earlier. Many farmers lost their land. As banks and businesses closed, unemployment rose. By 1932, more than one-fourth of the state’s workforce had no work. Without jobs people lost their homes.

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John Steinbeck February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968

Steinbeck was born in California. His father, John Ernst Steinbeck, served as Monterey County treasurer teinbeck graduated from Salinas High School in 1919 and went from there to Stanford University where he stayed for five years until 1925, leaving without a degree. He traveled to New York City where he took odd jobs while trying to write. When he failed to have his work published, he returned to California and worked in 1928 as a tour guide and caretaker at the fish hatchery in Tahoe City where he met Carol Henning, his first wife.
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Of Mice and Men

Of mice and Men is a novel written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in California, United States.

Works Cited

"John Steinbeck." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Feb. 2014. Web. 16 Feb. 2014.


"The Great Depression." About.com 20th Century History. About.com, n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2014.


"Of Mice and Men." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Feb. 2014. Web. 18 Feb. 2014.