The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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In The Grapes of Wrath, what were Steinbeck's political motives?

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It doesn't seem that Steinbeck had overt political motives when he wrote The Grapes of Wrath. He wanted to expose the plight of migrant workers who he had worked and lived with on one of many jobs he had before become an acclaimed author.

During the summers and other times he was away from college, Steinbeck worked as a farm laborer, sometimes living with migrants in the farm’s bunkhouse. 

Steinbeck endeavored to speak out on behalf of migrant workers while working for as a reporter. The story was...

...based on newspaper articles about migrant agricultural workers that he had written in San Francisco.

Steinbeck's desire was to help the migrant workers who had been displaced from their farms in the Midwest by natural disaster: drought dried up the land and crops; the soil became so loose that wind storms created what became known as the Dust Bowl. Banks forced small farms to stop working: houses were bulldozed and the farmers—some who had worked the same land for generations—were...

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