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John Steinbeck

  1. 2. Steinbeck’s Life <ul><ul><li>John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, CA in 1902. He attended Stanford University, however he did not graduate. In 1925 he moved to New York to try and be a free lance writer, he failed though and moved back to CA. He wrote many social novels through out his life, some being a series known as Tortilla Flat and In Dubious Battle and of course Of Mice and Men He died in New York in 1968. </li></ul></ul>
  2. 3. What do his writings focus on? <ul><li>Steinbeck’s books are often related to social matters, such as economic problems of rural labor and social criticism. Many of his novels seem to take place in Rural areas and have to do with farmers. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Other Books <ul><ul><li>East of Eden (1952), The Winter of Our Discontent (1961), and Travels with Charley (1962) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In Dubious Battle, Tortilla Flat, The Long Valley, and The Grapes of Wrath. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Where the title came from <ul><li>Steinbeck got the title of mice and men from Robert burns poem called, to a mouse. </li></ul>
  5. 6. What was happening in the 1930’s? <ul><li>In the 1930’s is when the Great Depression happened. It started in 1929 and ended in 1939. </li></ul>
  6. 7. What caused the Great Depression? <ul><li>The Great Depression started with the collapse of stock-market prices on the New York Stock Exchange in October 1929. In the next couple of years stock prices in the U.S kept falling until 1932 when they dropped to about 20% of their value in 1929. This ruined thousand of individual investors and 11,000 of the 25,000 banks in the U.S failed. Unemployment rose to between 12 to 15 million people. </li></ul>
  7. 8. What was the Dust Bowl? <ul><li>For eight years dust blew on the southern plains. It came in a yellowish-brown haze from the South and in rolling walls of black from the North. Children wore dust masks to and from school. It blew farmers crops away. The Dust Bowl lasted about a decade. </li></ul>
  8. 9. How did the Great Depression affect the way people lived? <ul><li>How did the Great Depression affect the way people lived? A lot of people were unemployed because of the Great Depression. </li></ul>
  9. 10. What was life like for the migrant worker? <ul><li>For a migrant worker life was tragic. Migrant workers would get a job and get some money but not enough to support there families.Many had to set up there camps along irrigation ditches called “ditch bank” in a farmers field; this created unsanitary places and made everyone have health problems. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Why did many migrant workers move to California? <ul><li>Migrant workers left to go to California to find a job after the Great depression made huge dust balls and covered half of the state, so the farmers had no way to grow crops. In California it had mild climates to be able to grow their crops. </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Mental Retardation- A condition diagnosed before the age of 18 that includes below-average general intellectual function, and a lack of skills necessary for daily living. Causes  Infections  Trauma Symptoms  Chromosomal Abnormalities  Decreased learning ability  Inability to meet educational demands at school  Lack of curiosity Treatment  Continued infantile behavior Develop the person’s potential to the fullest by training them as earlier as infancy  No medicine to cure condition </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>By: </li></ul><ul><li>Lance Workman (gray slides), </li></ul><ul><li>Ben Martinez (orange slides), </li></ul><ul><li>Kim Covey ( blue slides), </li></ul><ul><li>Mike Kiser (green slide) </li></ul>