Starter- Listen to the lyrics carefully.
What do these tell us about life for
black people in 1930’s America?
Southern trees bear strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at
Black bodies swinging in the
Strange fruit hanging from the
L.O:To show an understanding of racial
To relate this to the characters in the
OF MICE AND MEN
Life for African-Americans in the 1930’s
• Slavery was practiced in the Deep South of America until the end of
the American Civil War in 1865.
• The Yankee North beat the Confederate South; they destroyed the
southern economy and forced them to free the slaves.
• This did not mean an improvement for black people living in this area.
• Although they were free, the Black Community were not allowed to
live in the same areas, attend the same schools, eat in the same
restaurants or travel on the same trains or buses as white people.
Black and white people were segregated or separated. Black people, of
course, had a lower quality of resources, education, etc.
• Local laws made sure they remained second-class citizens.
• Many black people were forced to take poorly paid jobs which left
them as badly off as when they were slaves.
• The police ignored the majority of crimes against black people, whilst
it only took an accusation of a crime for a black person to be
presumed guilty. Therefore, it was a white woman’s or man’s word
over a back man’s; the white person was always believed and the
black person suffered tremendously.
• Crooks expresses his feelings about racism and loneliness on
several occasions. In some ways, he provides insight to the
reality of the American Dream and the loneliness of the
• Find as many quotations as you can to illustrate this…
• Analyse what his words say about his feelings towards his
status in society:
Objective – to be able to use a range of language features to write a diary
Imagine that you are Crooks - write a diary entry about how he feels being
on the ranch.
Remember the objective – use adjectives, similes (I am as lonely as…),
rhetorical questions (How would you like to be treated like this?)
How is he treated by other people?
•How does he feel about Lennie?
•How does he feel about Curley’s wife and the men in charge?
•Lennie has a dream to own animals – what is Crooks’ dream?
•What does he do day to day? Is he happy with his life?
Homework – For Wednesday 11th June