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The Grapes of Wrath curation project

I chose each if these individuals topics because I felt they best fit together. So many of the things that we witnessed in the book are still happening today, and I wanted to bring those to light.

Prejudice of Poverty: Why Americans Hate the Poor and Worship the Rich

Prejudice of Poverty: Why Americans Hate the Poor and Worship the Rich

This article is passed around one fact: Hating the poor is a kind of prejudice. It’s not based on facts. In truth, the poor aren’t placing an undue burden on the middle class – the wealthy are. The article discusses the fact that people sneer at those who have to have food stamps because they don't make enough to feed their families, but also the same people doing so are "up to their eyeballs in debt" they just make enough money to actually feed their children. And the only "Welfare Queens" are Big Businesses because THEY are the ones costing the middle and lower class the most money. The author of this article was clearly fed up with such prejudices and was out to educate others on the fact that the poor don't deserve to be poor.
This article relates to the grapes of Wrath because there was so much prejudice against the poor migrants. I specifically think of Mae and Al at the diner. The farmer just wanted some bread and was willing to pay for it. And Mae was sneering because she had a preconceived notion in her head about him, like many still do today.

gadflyonthewallblog.wordpress.
Record inequality: The top 1% controls 38.6% of America's wealth

Record inequality: The top 1% controls 38.6% of America's wealth

This article discusses the inequality of the wealth distribution in America. He talks about the ridiculously large gap of the earnings of the top 1% and the bottom 90%, the bottom 90% of families now make less than half of the country's income. The article also discusses the fact that stagnant wages aren't the only problem, but the stock market is as well. Even though stock portfolios are on the rise, many of the lower class have no way to feel it because they don't have to money to invest. Barely one third of the bottom 50% are invested in the stock market, but, 93.6% of the top income group owned stocks in 2016. In the face of this issue, Egan’s stand is more of a neutral one. His tone does seem somewhat sarcastic when commenting on the rise of the middle class, but he never really flights one way or another on the topic.
The reason I chose this article was because, like many of the other articles I have chosen, this one talks about the standing difference between the poor and the rich. With that being said, this one specifically was very informative, so, like in the book, you could see the difference between the lower class and the rich, just in a different way.

money.cnn.com
Why does America have so many hungry kids?

Why does America have so many hungry kids?

In the US, the world's largest food exporter, there are 13.1 million households with children that often go without food. Patterson asks why this happens and once answer that was given reminded me of a paragraph in the book. The answer was "The non-politcal answer, to me, is greed and government. There's too many government health restrictions that force restaurants to throw away food instead of donating it to the needy. "It's also greed: We're not helping our neighbors.""The non-politcal answer, to me, is greed and government," Stallings said. "There's too many government health restrictions that force restaurants to throw away food instead of donating it to the needy. It's also greed: We're not helping our neighbors."
This reminded me of one of the generals in the book. In that chapter it said, "There is a sorrow weeping cannot symbolize. Their is a failure here that topples all our successes. The fertile Earth, the straight tree rows, the sturdy trunks, and the ripe fruit. And children dying of pellagra must die because a profit cannot be taken from an orange. And coroners must fill in the cirtificates- does of malnutrition- because food must not, must be forced to rot. It's heart breaking and it's the truth.
The writer of the article must of felt just as heart broken about child hunger today as Steinbeck did back then. In the article it also listed ways to combat child hunger in America and different organizations that help. But, in the end, the writter was left wondering why is was still an issue like many others.

cnn.com
The Long, Painful History of Police Brutality in the U.S.

The Long, Painful History of Police Brutality in the U.S.

This article began by discussing the protests about the a jury acquitting former police officer Jeronimo Yanez of manslaughter in the shooting death of 32-year-old Philando Castile. The officer shot the man to death while he was in his car reaching for his wallet. The article goes on to talk about that this is not uncommon. Police brutality has happened since the first police department was founded in the 1830s. People are stereotyped no matter what, no matter when, and no matter how long it's been since civil rights protests happen no one is going to stop until their people are truly free. The author's take on this was for the people. She wants change to come, for police brutality to end. That's why she wrote the article.
This article ties into The Grapes of Wrath because the migrans felt police brutality first hand. You died if you went up against policy, no questions asked, you were just another “dead vigrant” on the street. The pictures included in the article were the type of images that played in my head whenever they talked about the police. Both were, to me, equally disheartening.

smithsonianmag.com
How rich are the rich? If only you knew

How rich are the rich? If only you knew

This article was explaining how much of a gap there is in the wealth of the top 1% and the bottom 20%. The article talks about the fact that it's always been difficult to assess the gap, and measure the inequality. It notes that most inequality studies are based on income, but wealth isn't just something based on one year. It's an accumulative thing. To end it spoke about how upper income family's wealth was nearly seven times that of middle income families, and that the recently passed tax cuts and job act will only make the problem that much worse.
Manzon’s view on the subject is clearly for the lower income families. He believes it's wrong that the top 1% of Americans get as much leniency as they do. He believes that everyone should know just how much more wealthy the rich are compared to others.
This article strikes a note with me when it comes to The Grapes of Wrath. When Manzon was talking about how there would be riots in the street if the poor knew how wealthy the rich actually were it connected my mind to the riots outside of the farms. Not only that, but also the fact that the farmers were in it for profit above everything, and wouldn't pay their workers hardly anything. So they had tons of money, while kids were starving.

theconversation.com
Living Wage Calculator

Living Wage Calculator

This article is just what it says to be, it explains what living wage is and how in most cases is not met. She mentions that living wage is very particular for not only the geographical location for an individual but also for the size of their family. Also, that many adults who have families must have multiple jobs in order to supply for their children because minimum wage is so low. Not only this, but it is also mentioned that many families are way below the poverty threshold.
Glasmeier believes that something should be done about the wage for the working poor. She believes that a living wage should be established in order for families to be able to become financial independent and maintain house and food security.
This article correlates with The Grapes of Wrath. It does so because in the book if some sort of living wage had been set up them children wouldn't of starved. Not only that, but also it shows that even today poverty and being underpaid is still a huge issue.

livingwage.mit.edu
Works Progress Administration

Works Progress Administration

This short article was explaining what the WPA was, and what it did for people. Not only did it give jobs in labor, but also to white collar workers as well. Jobs were also given to artists to paint murals and such. The WPA helped thousands of Americans. They also centralized on preventing wastefulness and inefficiency. The writer of this piece clearly admired everything that the WPA stood for. I believe this article links with The Grapes of Wrath in a different way. The article mentions that at its peak, the WPA was virtually everywhere and a lot of it's projects we're themes around preventing inefficiency and wastefulness. But, throughout The Grapes of Wrath you don't really see it mentioned at all, and wastefulness is an ongoing theme that runs throughout the entire book. The ideas contrast each other greatly, which is why they seemed to be linked together for me.

nytimes.com
Chinese Immigration, Exclusion and the Chinese-American Experience

Chinese Immigration, Exclusion and the Chinese-American Experience

This article was written by a teacher to explain her lesson plans. The article is broken into seven parts, those being: Rationale, Background, Teaching Strategies and Lesson Plans, Applicable Academic Content Standards for the State of Pennsylvania, Works Cited, Annotated Teacher Reading List, and Recommended Student Reading List. The Rationale just explains why she is going to teach the two books she has chosen, and gives a small glimpse at what the Chinese migrants went through. The other sections are all teacher related finds, with an exception of the “Background” section. In this section, Samuel explains how hard life was for the Chinese back in the late 40’s early 50’s, the reason for them migrating, the discrimination they faced, the work they had, and their life after the exclusion.
Samuel's stand on this subject was much like my own. She thought it was a despicable chapter of American history, she was clearly against the horrible treatment of the poor migrants.
This article relates to The Grapes of Wrath because the “Okies” were mistreated just like the chinese migrants were. They were both treated as less than human. In the book, we experience the hate and discrimination against the “okies” first hand. Also, in one chapter it spoke about how bad the Asian Americans and Mexicans were treated.

teachers.yale.edu