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In what year is the setting of the story "The Chrysanthemums" by John Steinbeck?

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Steinbeck's short story "The Chrysanthemums" does not contain any specific reference to the year in which the events of the story take place, but the story's publication took place in 1937, two years before the end of the Great Depression.

Elements of the story emphasize its setting during this difficult time in American history; the pot-mender in the caravan in search of work, for example, as well as his various descriptions of the challenges he faces as an itinerant, all suggest what it might have been like to live during the Great Depression. Henry...

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