John Steinbeck: The Harvest Gypsies

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The idea for “The Harvest Gypsies” began in 1936 when The San Francisco News commissioned John Steinbeck to write a series of articles in order to document the lifestyles of the large number of Dust Bowl refugees who were migrating west to California hoping to find employment as agricultural laborers. Intrigued by the assignment, Steinbeck immediately purchased an old bakery truck to travel in and planned his route into middle California’s agricultural district, determined to live among the workers and experience their plight firsthand. What he found there shocked and outraged him, and his anger erupted as he composed the articles that became a seven-part journalistic series. Published between October 5 and October 11, …

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Meyer, Michael J.. "The Harvest Gypsies". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 January 2008
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