Everyone knows what the Great Depression was but even today we cannot seem to pinpoint what actually happened that caused the Great Depression. Steinbeck's belief of government control seems to outline itself throughout the story. Several instances occur where we clearly see Steinbecks hatred of technology and the governement.
So the prices weren't as messed up as dear Steinbeck was trying to make it but then again...when does America actually reveal it's true history. The unempmoyment rate was devastatingly high and unfortunately would affect each and everyone who worked and everyone had to work.