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Stevens Institute of Technology

The Grapes of Wrath - Using Historic Photos as Literary Symbols

Project Overview

The setting of John Steinbeck’s classic novel The Grapes of Wrath occurred during the Great Depression. Students will access historic photos and documents from the same time period using recently digitally archived photos and documents by the Library of Congress’ American Memory collection to help gain a better appreciation of the setting and bring the characters and scenes to life.

Specifically, students will view and analyze selected historic photos and documents taken during Great Depression, identify what moment or scene in the novel it could be a picture of, and create a report album documenting a self-selected scene or moment from the book.


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