The History Center to feature expert and show film on the history surrounding this year’s community read:
The Grapes of Wrath
The local community read of The Grapes of Wrath raises a number of relevant historical questions. What do historians know about the origins of the Dust Bowl and the Okies who made the trek to California? Why did the plight of the Joads and the other beleaguered Dust Bowl migrants at the center of John Steinbeck’s classic Depression-era novel of hardship and courage, resonate so strongly with the American people? Are the lessons of that turbulent era relevant and useful for policy-making today?
On September 12, the History Center in
Tompkins County presents Prof. Clete Daniel, professor of American
labor history in the ILR School at Cornell University and author of
Bitter Harvest: A History of California Farmworkers,
Daniel’s presentation will examine these and other questions and will
be preceded by a showing of Pare Lorenz’s film “The Plow that Broke
the Plains” (25 minutes). “Plow” was selected for preservation in
the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress
as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
The program begins a 1 p.m.
on September 12th
The History Center
For more information on this
year’s community read, visit: