The Constant Struggle

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The world struggles with poverty everyday. Poverty and prejudice walk hand in hand around planet earth, where poverty lies prejudice stands looking down upon the people. Prejudice may not occur due to skin color or sex. Cases throughout history show that people hurt each other even if they are the same. During the dustbowl California had prejudices against Oklahoma and other midwest state citizens. California drove away their fellow Americans in fear. People do not enjoy change, but the people affected by the dustbowl kept open mind about new beginnings. John Steinbeck introduces a family that endured this hardship in his book The Grapes Of Wrath. Their crops died away and their lives crumbled beneath their feet. During their journey the Joads learned only the strong survive. The migrants used their strength and family to overcome the difficulties of California and poverty. Before the Dust Bowl the United States prospered. People were rich and the stock market rose. Sharecroppers, like the Joads, discovered a way to increase their crops and aggressively farmed. They cultivated as much land as possible and ruined the topsoil.”During the five years before the Dust Bowl began, more than 5 million acres (2 million hectares) of new farmland had been plowed, although not all of it had been used” (What 1). During this time droughts also began and created the perfect environment for the disaster that devastated the midwest. Not only did the environmental enemy take over but the Great Depression covered the U.S. like a dark cloud. The great plains always encountered dust storms but after destroying what grass they had protecting the topsoil great black blizzards engulfed homes. People were unable to escape and some died of suffocation.... ... middle of paper ... ...sion overtook the entire US and California residents suffered too. Throughout history America fights through any situation. Whether Americans fight for their freedom or their rights they never stop fighting. The Joads prove that they can truly call themselves americans. Jim’s perseverance and Ma’s strength push them through hardships. Even after Jim’s death Tom carries on his legacy and fights for his beliefs. Prejudice and Poverty still exist today, and americans constantly fight against them. Survivors believe in one another and remain strong during their darkest hours. Works Cited Gregory, James N. ""The Dust Bowl Migration" Poverty Stories, Race Stories."Faculty.washington.edu. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. New York: Viking, 1939. Print. "What Caused the Dust Bowl? - Curiosity." Curiosity. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2014.
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