The Steinbeck 's The Grapes Of Wrath

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The 1930’s era was an incredibly tumultuous time for the United States. The stock market crash of 1929 and the Dust Bowl exacerbated the already high tensions between the rich and the poor. These tensions were also present and becoming a growing problem within the justice system of this era. As the country plunged into the depths of the Depression, the poor treatment of men and women imprisoned within the country’s jails deteriorated as well. The Dust Bowl along with the economic conditions the country, at the time led to the disparate treatment of prisoners at this time. Prejudices against certain groups of people during this time were very strong. This prejudice was demonstrated in John Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath, especially against the “Okies” who were migrating from Oklahoma to other parts of the country in search of more fertile lands. This prejudice led to the physical brutality from police against many people, this was exemplified by the treatment of the Joad family in this novel. Steinbeck’s portrayal of the cruel and unjust treatment toward migrant workers in The Grapes of Wrath demonstrates the prejudiced justice systems during the Dust Bowl. Conditions in the 1930s were very difficult; the economic situation in the country put a significant amount of stress on justice systems. Over-farming of the lands throughout the mid west and western regions of the country meant grounds were no longer fertile and would not produce growth. This led to the worst drought…
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