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Transcript of Route 66
•Quickly became an icon of America During the Dust Bowl, over 200,000 people migrated to California using Route 66, making it “the mother road” or “the road to opportunity”
During World War II helped transport troops/supplies.
After war, got troops home and helped economy Boosted American morale
Helped boost tourist industry
Links us to our past First major highway linking the country, Chicago to LA
Quickly became an icon of America Uses for Route 66 Pro's of Route 66 The quality of the vehicles used for commute was poor.
The callous businessmen along Route 66 targeted migrant workers to scam for broken parts.
Many struggled for the basic necessities, such as water.
The fear and bravery of the migrant workers embarking on the journey to California. Route 66 in "Grapes of Wrath" In his book, he portrays the journey of an "Okie" tenant farmer headed to CA.
He shows how the route was a path for people from shrinking lands full of dust, and not much value Steinbeck and Route 66 In 1937, Steinbeck and his wife, Carole, had come back from a trip to Europe and landed in Chicago.
They rented a Chevrolet and started driving west on the "long concrete path".
This journey inspired him to write the book "The Grapes of Wrath
On his journey he was able to interact with some of the Dust Bowl refugees headed to CA, where he was from.