Woodrow wilson better known as Woody Guthrie was very influential during his time. He created folks music that incorporated political concerns of the 1930s. Many of his songs related to the Dust Bowl and The Great Depression. He earned the name the Dust Bowl Troubadour. He was born in Okema Oklahoma which means he was a Okie. When he was 18 he moved to Pampa Texas and the where he experienced one of the worst days of the dust bowl, Black Sunday. After that event he wrote his song “So long, It’s Been Good Knowing You. Woody then joined other Okies moving west to California in search of jobs. Many of his songs after that were about the harsh times received by the Okies in the new home. When the 1930s were nearly over he moved from California to New York where he wrote the song “ This Land Is Your Land”. In 1967 Guthrie died from Huntington's disease. However is music didn't stop there it led the people through a movement during the second half of the 20th century. Woody’s music gave light to the people. That is the reason why I added this to my collection. Many of the migrants leaned towards his music to make it through difficult time. Just like when the camp had dancing every Saturday. Or when the Joad family stop at one of the camp and on of their neighbors said that the man in the tent down play the guitar and sang songs. I think this author was a fan of Woody. He/She seemed to understand why he made the songs he made.
In 1933 women were the ones who pulled us out of the great depression. They knew what had to happen and sought to see that it did happen. The article say that women pulled us out of worse crisis than present ones. It was typical for women in the 1930s to have an unemployed husband. If unemployed the families had enough resources to survive.In 1935–1936 the median family income was $1160. Thats live 25$ a week. Women sacrificed many things like buying day old bread or warming many dishes to save gas. Women saw their role in the household and made sure their role was fulfilled. The normal role of a man was thrown away when the great depression hit and women became the head of the household by keeping everything together. When women tried to make money the were sometimes bash because at that time the world thought it was not a woman’s place to work. However some women had no choice but to work. Not all women had it as bad as others. For example and urban wife had access to water and electricity while rural housewives did not. This article is all about Ma. Her character was the backbone of the whole family. She keep the family together and fed. Evidence from this article supports every action Ma did. It even talked about how men would lose their pride has the women took controlled and that is something Pa experienced. The author of this article is a women. So she wrote this probably us
Hoovervilles were a main staple of the great depressions. These little towns got their name from the 31st president Herbert Hoover. They were made by unemployed people who didn't have anywhere to live or work. They were composed of many tents clustered together to form a community. They were made out of scrap metal and basic unwanted things that could be used. They didn't have the many necessities that a normal house would have like clean water and sanitation. You could find these little towns on unused land on the outskirts of the cities.They were composed of women, children, men and people of many races. Over 6000 hoovervilles sprung up between 1929 and the 1930s. I decided to add this article to my selection because the Joad family stayed in one of the many hoovervilles in california before finding a nice camp. Not only did they try to stay in a camp to find work they had to deal with harsh treatment from the police. Linda Alchin which is the author seems to understand how much unemployed people had to go through. She breaks down what happened to a kids level as you can see towards the end of the article.
Cashiers,fast food workers, and nurses aides are the people we depend on everyday. It is ashame that many on them get paid at least 10$ a hour. This makes them fall under what the government calls the federal poverty level. The top 10% of workers to home 50% of their income while the 1% only took home 20% of their income. Between the years of 2000 and 2006 the number of people that were in poverty increased by 15% and 30 million of those people earned under 10$ a hour. With wages being so low families went without the necessities needed in life. For example health and life insurance. The household income increased 275%for the richest 1%. Now here is where it gets unfair the top 5% of workers redistribution of wealth rose 65% while the bottom 5% rose 18%. Leading to the bottom 5 being on welfare and living off the social security. As you can see the rich get richer faster. But who is the blame? The corporations that are putting their attention towards the profit instead of the well being of their workers. The author of this article seems to to very fiscal. Seeing the he/she is vouching for the lower income people. The events that happen toward the of the book when the men try to find work correlates with this. The corporation that the migrants try to work for give the low wages knowing that they will not turn them down because they need work. With low income there is very little to work with to support for your family.
Farm workers were a valuable part of americas history. Some of them are seasonal workers but the vast majority is illegal migrants.78% of the workers are of foreign descent or have crossed the border. Immigrants date back to the 1600s when indentured servants came with the colonists. Then it was were the slaves who became worker of the fields. Throughout history agricultural worker have came to this country. Today there are some many undocumented events where farmers were forced from their land. When the migrants come over for work many may not find work because of policies we as a people have set. Like in 1994 where the price of corn was subsided which made it hard for Mexican farmers to make a profit. This once again force people to move elsewhere for work. Migrants also were faced with harsh treatment from the u.s an people in their own community which is still happening today. I decided to put this in my collection because it explain the condition many migrant men faced in the novel. With moving to to a land where their not welcome then finding it hard to find jobs is exactly what the happened in the book. The staff that wrote this article seem to know what happens to migrant workers who come over and seem to be very much concerned.
Cape Town is Africa’s second largest city. They are fearing the day called Day Zero. That is when all water will be completely gone. The article states that the people are playing somewhat of a game rationalizing water.They have been told to limit shower time and use hand sanitizer, hoping it will help the lowering water supply last longer.There are three main problems that lead to this event. One is the severe drought that the city is facing. This has been the worst drought in over 10 years. Secondly is the overpopulation of the city with it being 4 million and growing. Finally the unpredictable climate. The city has began to force people to stop being wasteful with water because apparently nobody seems to care said the mayor. As of February 1st people were limited to 50 liters of water per day per person. However some people are eventing ways to save water. The next problem is drinking water. Even though it is safe to drink many kids are becoming ill while drinking the water. People with the fund are leaving cape town but many do not have those funds. That also means that its not so easy just to but water. This relates to the novel very well. One with it being a shortage of land good enough to grow crops. Also the way some people are leaving cape town where there is plenty of water. Just like the families in the novel there is a widespread of panic while they wait on the day to come. Also the way the joads have to rationalize what they have to make it last longer. The people of a limit on how much water they can use. From this article I can see that this cnn reporter is very concerned about this situation.
With there being a recession in the 1930s because of WW1 many farmer over grow crops leading to the dust bowl. Most farmer were independent so they unfortunately lost their farms. When farmer were lost many families had to move to camps in california. So many people had their hopes set for the dream land because of flyers and music that the heard over exaggerating how wonderful it was. 20% of the families moving came from oklahoma which is where the term Okies came from. The people of California had little contact with the Okies so the had accumulated stereotypes and bad accusation of them. This led to harsh treatments. California started facing the wrath of the depression which led to even more harsh treatment. For example border policies and hard working conditions. I chose this article because I feel like it talk about the Joad family verbatim. This article touch every event the Joads went through. The authors point of view seemed to be on a personal level seeing that he had a personal interview with people.
The Dust Bowl was a event that happened in the 1930s leaving many families devastated. With there being a lack of water and poor farming techniques it created serious problems with the soil. Some scientists believe it was the worst drought in North America in 300 years. The lack of rain killed the crops that kept the soil in place. When the winds blew big cloud dust would form running people back into their houses.It caused serious health problems. These events led to many of problems that the Joad family faced in The Grapes of Wrath. I the booked the cotton drain the soil leaving dry and brittle. This left famers with hardly no good planting soil which means they couldn’t grow their crops. No crops means no money and farmer were struggling trying to feed their families. The authors POV of this article is observant of the event. This is because he/she doesn't have personal standpoint of this event. I decided to add this in my collection because of how it relates to the novel. I feel like this was a major event for the u.s because it was the start of many problems to come.