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The Battle Hymn of the Great Depression

<i>The Grapes of Wrath,</i> John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, was published on this day in 1939. Steinbeck’s story, which follows the struggling Joad family out of the Dust Bowl to California, took its title from Julia Ward Howe’s “Battle Hymn of the Republic”—which begins, as Jeff Goldberg …

Literature

The Impact of the Great Depression

In July 1943 Prime Minister Curtin advised the Premiers that "During the war the fishing industry has been severely handicapped because there has …

Vivid color photos from the Great Depression show life in one of America's darkest times

The US entered the Great Depression — one of history's great financial calamities — in the late 1920s, and the country spent most of the 1930s mired in a debilitating economic malaise.<p>It ultimately took the outbreak of World War II to help the US wrench itself out of the protracted slump.<p>Photos of …

New Mexico