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Steinbeck Center workers follow in the footsteps of the Joad family

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(Read caption) 'The Grapes of Wrath' celebrates its 75th anniversary next year.

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What better way to honor John Steinbeck’s novel “The Grapes of Wrath” than to retrace the path taken by the Joad family in his book?

Some of the workers at the National Steinbeck Center, based in Salinas, Calif., are currently in the midst of a 10-day road trip from Sallisaw, Okla., to Arvin, Calif. – the same trip taken by the Joads, the family at the center of Steinbeck's novel. During the trip, the center staff plan to interview people daily. 

The trip is intended to honor the 75th anniversary of “The Grapes of Wrath,” a milestone which will be celebrated next year.

“Very few works of American literature have inspired social change to the degree that The Grapes of Wrath did," Colleen Bailey, executive director of the National Steinbeck Center, told the Salinas newspaper The Californian. "The National Steinbeck Center hopes to inspire a new generation to read John Steinbeck's work, to understand its relevance, and to take social action to improve the lives of others.”

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