The Grapes of Wrath Is About My People

Fantastic! It has been a long time since I read this book. Thanks so much for reminding me.

The Bookshelf of Emily J.

I have ancestors—my great grandmother, Alabama Gray (she preferred to be called Bonnie), in fact—who traveled from Oklahoma to California between 1910 and 1920, just before the dust bowl and depression were pushing people from the mid-west to the west in search of work.  I have known this for some time now, and recently, in conducting family history work, I realized that as a young woman she worked at a cannery.  The man she eventually married, Rufus Morgan January, who during his younger years traveled from Texas to California, alone, presumably, and began boarding with friends.  His occupation in the 1930s is picker and cannery worker.  They lived in Lindsay, Tulare, California, the very place that John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath (1939) suggests there is work for the Joad family.  My great grandparents were among the “Okies” that Steinbeck so realistically and sympathetically portrays in The Grapes of Wrath

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About Kristen Chapman Gibbons

Loosely connected facts: Storyteller. Curator of a Better Internet. Lifelong Politico. Social Media Maven. Creativity and Empathy Evangelist. Performer. Creator of Content Worth Sharing. Digital Strategist. Former Social Worker. Decade teaching in Higher Ed. Master's Degree in Theology. Married to an Irishman. 3 darling kiddos. Preacher's kid. Appalachian. Music maker. Music devour-er. ENTP. Bohemian. Geeky. Obsessed with thrift stores and all things vintage. Lover of species.

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