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Harvest Gypsies, The (2002 Ed.)
ISBN 1890771619 / 9781890771614 / 1-890771-61-9
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The 75th anniversary of Steinbeck's masterpiece of journalism
Gathered in this important volume are seven newspaper articles on migrant farm workers that John Steinbeck wrote for The San Francisco News in 1936, three years before The Grapes of Wrath. With the inquisitiveness of an investigative reporter and the emotional power of a novelist in his prime, Steinbeck toured the squatters' camps and Hoovervilles of California.
The Harvest Gypsies gives us an eyewitness account of the horrendous Dust Bowl migration, a major event in California history, and provides the factual foundation for Steinbeck's masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath. Included are twenty-two photographs by Dorothea Lange and others, many of which accompanied Steinbeck's original articles.
Published in Collaboration with the California Council for the Humanities, introduction by Charles Wollenberg [via]