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John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck - Biographical, The Official Web Site of the Nobel Prize - This site has basic biographical information on Steinbeck. On this page there are also links to information about his literature, Nobel Prize, and other resources.

This is a biography of John Steinbeck from the A&E Network's website. It briefly covers his early life and career, and his later life and death. There are links to related videos and a link to citing the website.

SparkNotes: Of Mice and Men

This is not meant to replace the reading of the novel. It is a great resource for character studies, plot chronology, and theme and symbol ideas.

John Steinbeck

This website from The New York Times has related past and contemporary articles published in the newspaper. There is an extensive article archive dating back to 1936.

On John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

This article details the controversial aspects of the novel and why it is frequently on the Banned Book Lists of many schools in America. PEN American Center is an international literacy and human rights organization.

us migrant workers in the 1930s - Google Search

A large Google Images collection of pictures of migrant workers in 1930s America. These images will be useful for presentations and publications needed for essays and projects.

A resource of the Library of Congress, this is a brief history of the American migrant worker experience. There are many useful keyword links throughout the article that provide more information if desired.

WGBH American Experience . Surviving the Dust Bowl | PBS

This is an historical resource from It covers the Dust Bowl of the Midwest that caused its residents to pack up and move West. There are multiple links to an entire series of interviews and articles covering this period in American history.

Dust Bowl Migrants - Boundless Open Textbook

This site lists the major characteristics of the Dust Bowl era and its effects on the people of the region. There are links to teaching resources, such as quizzes and powerpoints, to aid in the understanding and presenting of this material.

This article is about the link between Of Mice and Men and the Great Depression. This article is also linked on EBSCOHost, but requires a login and password. The author is R. Anitha, and the article was linked on this website that does not require a password.

Dust Storms Strike America Video - Dust Bowl -

This is a short video from the History Channel about the Dust Bowl and its effects on the Midwest. There are links to other videos from the time period below it.

"Harvest of Shame" 50 Years Later

This video provides a contemporary connection to the plight of the American migrant worker. The video originally aired in 1960 and has been updated 50 years later to raise awareness.