Of course, that brings up the point: you really can’t talk about the 1930's Depression without mentioning John Steinbeck. For many American readers, Steinbeck's 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath—simply put—defines the era. To learn more about the history that shaped this moving novel and the research that went into it, read Steinbeck’s The Harvest Gypsies: On the Road to the Grapes of Wrath, comprised of seven newspaper articles Steinbeck published after touring migrant workers camps in 1936 and featuring Dorothea Lange’s stunning photographs of the era. For additional images, check out Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange. This beautifully-produced photo-biography presents a compilation of many of Lange’s most famous documentary-style portraits of America’s down-and-outs in the 1930s and 1940s, including her famous "Migrant Mother" that has since come to represent the face of 1930's dust-bowl poverty.
Secretrary of State Sam Reed celebrates the literature of The Great Depression with Collection Management Staff , Kelli Becker, Constance O'Shea, and Lisa Tyler. Photo by Lael Voeller, taken at the Sylvan Way Branch of Kitsap Regional Library.