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History 240; Prompt Essay

1869 words - 8 pages

Why it DIDN’T work in the 1930s
When the United States entered World War I, key labor leaders promised not to interrupt the nation’s defense production with strikes
Great Depression
Brought a wave of unemployed workers to California in search of new jobs
Grapes of Wrath, Joad family came to California to find jobs, but found that the dream was in reality false
As the Depression worsened, the workers’ wages were cut even more and more people were being laid off
Wages dropped from $3.50 to $1.95
Farmworkers walked out of the fields, refused to work
Started strikes
Strikes were led by CAWIU (Cannery and Agricultural Workers Industrial Union), their leaders included communists ...view middle of the document...

” -Miriam Pawel
They were organized and focused on the job at hand
When facing unfair wages and horrible working conditions, they learned that walking out was not the best option, instead they used the power of public challenge
Force of coming together, taking the fight outside of the fields
Government wasn’t going against them
Media was on their side -> Miriam Pawel
“Chavez was really media say from the beginning, learned some of that from the CSO” - Miriam Pawel

QUOTES
IN DUBIOUS BATTLE
“underlying problems of human greed and inhumane behavior toward other humans as a result of lack of understanding.” (xi)
“In the novel he has Mac, the strike organizer, denounce vigilantes as “the dirtiest guys in any town…They’re the same ones that lynch the Negroes…They like to hurt people, and they always give it a nice name, patriotism or protecting the constitution.” (pg. 131)
“The surface sorry us that of the strike and its ramifications, the group-psychological structure is found in the novel’s study the phalanx…the philosophical conclusions arrived at through structure [regard] man’s need for commitment that reverberates through all of Steinbeck’s fiction both before and after” (xiv)
“In Dubious Battle acknowledges the power of the Establishment that they supported. The novel can be read as a warning to those foolish enough to challenge the status quo…Mac, the principal organizer, admits from the beginning that the situation is hopelessly stacked against the strikers because the growers are unusually well organized and have commanding resources at their disposal.” (xix)
“lured by trickery to die for the Cause.” (xxi)
“there are no scenes of the growers’ councils: we see them, as we see everything and everyone else, only as Nolan does.” (xxi)
“My whole family has been ruined by this system” -Jim (pg.6)
“Even the people you’re trying to help will hate you most of the time” -Harry (pg.6)
“Did you ever work at a job where, when you got enough skill to get a raise in pay, you were fired and a new man put in? Did you ever work in a place where they talked about loyalty to the firm, and loyalty meant spying on people around you? -Jim (pg.10)
“Every once in a while the cops go through this place, I don't leave anything around.” -Harry (pg.14)
“But they don't produce nothing. What right they got to the profits?” -Joy (pg.17)
“All the time at home we were fighting, fighting something—hunger mostly. My old man was fighting the bosses. I was fighting the school. But always we lost. And after a long time I guess it got to be part of our mind-stuff that we always would lose.” -Jim (pg.19)
“I grew up in hopelessness” -Jim (pg.19)
“The hopelessness wasn't in them. They were quiet, and they were working; but in the back of every mind there was conviction that sooner or later they would win their way out of the system they hated.” -Jim (pg.20)
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