The Grapes of Wrath Revisited

Great dissertation on Weedpatch Camp — the basis of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, followed by Carey McWilliams, Factories in the Fields.  Both being considered “social documents” did not happen soon enough to alter the Republican origins of the New Deal Labor Policy, which I wrote as a dissertation.

Originally, I hoped to write on American capitalism given my mother being part of the California Frick’s (yes, the same ones as in New York City Frick Museum).

Only Fred convinced me to stop hiding my heritage as he accepted becoming an O’Brien — my father’s surname— and my father was not religious, and spoke German before English to his grandmother (from Germany or Swiss or Austrian Germanic speaking parts of those countries.)

Read chapter 5: Piper, Craig Scott. “New Deal Migratory Labor Camps in California, 1935-1942: Three Case Studies.” Order No. 9930341, Mississippi State University, 1999.

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About Professor Ruth O'Brien

Professor Ruth O'Brien, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY) & Honorary Unaffiliated Academic Book Series Editor for The Public Square, Princeton University Press & Heretical Thought, Oxford University Press, USA Last book: Out of Many, One: Obama & the Third American Political Tradition (U of Chicago 2013). Nickname: Professorette by Rush Limbaugh (see