Labor's Pains

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Worth a Visit or Revisit: The Grapes of Wrath « Last Train to QVille

Worth a Visit or Revisit: The Grapes of Wrath « Last Train to QVille

The movie (nominated for Best Picture) came out in 1940 and was based on John Steinbeck’s book with the same name. Midwest sharecroppers, kicked off their land due to new farming methods and extreme weather conditions caused by the old farming methods, “loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly” (couldn’t resist the Beverly Hillbillys reference because that’s what their truck reminded me of…but this is very serious). They find the advertised jobs in California did not exist or were not a living wage. They lived in camps with terrible conditions and in some cases broke picket lines to make pennies for food. They lost their homes and way of life forever; just as some people working in manufacturing have in the present time. But today we have safety nets that those people did not have: food stamps, unemployment wages, and other social programs.

If those Americans stuck together and lived through it, we can. There’s nothing like a little perspective to make you grateful for what you have.

Thanks to my friend Sue, for bringing this to my attention.

LP - Obviously the similarities is something that this blog sees.

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