The Harvest Gypsies

John Steinbeck (Author) Charles Wollenberg (Introduction by)

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$12.00  $11.04
Heyday Books
Publish Date
October 01, 2011
5.9 X 0.3 X 7.8 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author

John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, CA, in 1902. Steinbeck realized that the migration caused by the Dust Bowl was drastically changing the labor forces of California from the foreign "cheap labor" to a higher standard of living for the farm workers. He felt for these migrant workers, and with the help of a friend, Tom Collins, unsuccessfully tried to get federal aid and sympathy, as shown in the articles of The Harvest Gypsies. Steinbeck continued in his crusade, publishing The Grapes of Wrath, for which he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.
Charles Wollenberg, former Chair of Social Sciences and Professor of History at Berkeley City College, is coeditor, with Marcia A. Eymann, of What's Going On? California and the Vietnam Era (University of California Press, 2004) and author of Marinship at War: Shipbuilding and Social Change in Wartime Sausalito (Western Heritage, 1990) and Berkeley: A City in History (University of California Press, 2008).


"Steinbeck's journalism shares the enduring quality of his famous novel." -- -- "Publishers Weekly"
"Contains some of Steinbeck's best journalism." -- -- "The Nation"
"Written in the best tradition of advocacy journalism Steinbeck moves among the migrants, pen in one hand, fruit pail in the other, alternately picking and penning his way to literary glory." -- -- "The Village Voice"