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The Grapes Of Wrath [revisited] by bIG bLOGGER on 30 August 2009 3:55pm
Chris McGreal,noted feaure writer on The Guardian is currently writing an interesting 5-part series in The Guardian,revisiting the journey taken by JOHN STEINBECK's fictional characters The Joads in his epic 1939 novel which won for him The Nobel Prize For Literature:

Friday's Guardian/28 Aug: Part 1
Saturday's Guardian/29 Aug: Part 2
Sunday's Observer/30 Aug: Part 3
Monday's Guardian/31 Aug: Part 4
Tuesday's Guardian/01 Sept: Part 5

Chris travels out from their starting point in Sallisaw,eastern Oklahoma,along the old tarmac path of Route 66,through Glenrio and Winslow,to arrive finally in Weedpatch,California,where the Joads arrived tired and hungry,looking for agricultural work.
Chis talks to the locals along his way and compares these small American towns in Oklahoma,New Mexico,Arizona,as regards the way they were in the 1930's in J.Edgar Hoover's Depression America with the way they are today,2009 in Barack Obama's Recession America...absolutely fascinating.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Chris McGreal
Re: The Grapes Of Wrath [revisited] by canaveralgumby on 30 August 2009 7:29pm
Oooooh, thank you for this link. Sounds great.
Re: The Grapes Of Wrath [revisited] by tucsonmike on 31 August 2009 1:23am
You mean Herbert Hoover, BB. Much of the old Route 66 no longer exits, Interstate 40 took the road over.
Re: The Grapes Of Wrath [revisited] by bIG bLOGGER on 31 August 2009 1:47pm
Apologies,tucsonmike,you are quite right and thanks for the correction.
Yes,it WAS Herbert Clark Hoover,31st President of The United States [1929-1933],defeated in 1932 largely because his policies to get America out of Depression were not working too good. He gave his name inadvertently to "Hoovervilles" mentioned by John Steinbeck in The Grapes Of Wrath,those unsightly shanty-town migrants' camps on the edge of towns.
J.Edgar Hoover was the founding Director of the Bureau Of Investigation,in 1924,which became [in 1935] the FBI,The Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
J.Edgar,despite being a controversial Director,remained in the post until his death in 1972.
tucsonmike: You could well be interested in today's instalment [Monday] where Chris McGreal has reached Arizona,and he visits a trailer park in Valle Vista--do you know this town,mike?
Do you know what proportion of the old Route 66 through the rocky deserts of Arizona still exists today?
Re: The Grapes Of Wrath [revisited] by tucsonmike on 31 August 2009 8:21pm
Valle Vista is not a separate town. It is a country club development on the edge of Kingman, Arizona. Kingman is on the Colorado River opposite California.

Much of the road still exists and is marked as Route 66. In other places, it merges with I-40.
The parts of Arizona mentioned in the series are a 4-5 hour drive from me.

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