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Transcript of John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” was a success and also caused a controversy through its depiction of Oklahoman sharecroppers during the Great Depression. Through the book Steinbeck expressed his political views, his take on capitalism, and his feelings towards workers at that time. His take on those subjects was not taken too kindly and even the Kern County Board of Supervisors claimed the book was “obscene and misrepresented conditions in the county” and banned the book from the county’s schools and libraries in August 1939 until the ban was lifted in January 1941. “Of Mice and men” is another one of Steinbeck’s books that is well known simply because many schools and libraries have put a ban on it due to its coarse language and portrayal of mentally disabled people. The Grapes of Wrath is still banned in places such as democratic countries, but schools are still using the book as part of their modules, lesson plans, novel reviews and many other literature related activities.
Of Mice and men and east of eden are currently still banned as well, but are often still being sold at bookstores such as barnes and Noble. Censorship John Steinbeck What was done to fight the censorship? what were the results? bibliography by: Stephanie Cruz, Astrid Acosta, Eyob Girma "of mice and men"- Many students’ parents and libraries in the 1990s found Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” to be repugnant and offensive. The book was viewed as inappropriate for children due to its use of profanity, its view of Jesus, violence, and it was made out to be insulting to African Americans and women. http://suite101.com/article/why-was-of-mice-and-men-by-john-steinbeck-banned-a277448
http://www.examiner.com/article/of-mice-and-men-steinbeck-s-controversial-banned-book-for-over-50-years-1 "The grapes of wrath"- After being condemned as a “pack of lies” and considered “communist propaganda”, the members of Kern County board of supervisors in California banned “The Grapes of Wrath” from its schools and libraries in August of 1939. "East of Eden"-The last of Steinbeck’s popular controversial books was “East of Eden”. In Alabama, it was viewed as “ungodly and obscene” and was taken off bookshelves. It was soon returned to libraries, but with a controlled basis in 1982. This book had been tried several times to be taken off bookshelves, but it always manages to get its way back up there. (Grapes of wrath) Many people were offended by the book, specifically migrant workers, so Steinbeck wrote to the public to try to end hysteria. in addition, The First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt came to the book's defense and congressional hearings were also later held in migrant camps. The first lady's defense secured John Steinbeck's place in the American literary canon. Eventually He went on to write several other books including at least one that he liked better than The Grapes of Wrath but none of the books he wrote after the grapes of wrath were considered the masterpiece of his career.