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Click on 1930s (mots-clefs) for other relevant documents

Steinbeck’s book is still relevant today > click here : In Steinbeck’s footsteps

(You’ll find the audio file of the video documentary in the audio Box under « Terminale » at the bottom of the page)

 The Grapes of Wrath:  (Les Raisins de la Colère)  is a beautiful film made about that period and based on Steinbeck’s novel.

Pour savoir comment prononcer « WRATH », cliquez ici

Migrant Mother is a famous and moving photo  taken by Dorothea Lange  during the time of the Great Depression :

  Lange’s caption: destitute pea picker in California. Mother of seven children. Age 32.

 Another famous photographer of the time : Margaret BOURKE-WHITE.  Why not visit this gallery?


In class we learnt about the Great Depression in New York, this is what happened to people in rural America. Have a look at this slide show about the Dust Bowl

 (dust = poussière, c’est le nom donné à une série de tempêtes de poussière):


Voici un article du magazine Télérama intitulé « Ils eurent tellement faim… »

 concernant le livre « Hard Times » de Studs Terkel :

book page

(version PDF plus lisible: cliquez sur l’image ci-dessus)


Carnivale (La caravane de l’étrange) est  une excellente série qui met en scène l’éternel combat du Bien et du Mal. Du fantastique sur fond de Grande Dépression aux USA.

Le générique (opening credits) vaut le coup d’oeil:

The 1930s

lunch atop a skyscraper circa 1932 by Charles C. Ebbets

lunch atop a skyscraper circa 1932 by Charles C. Ebbets

 The decade when many skyscrapers were built in New York, among which, the famous Empire State Building (1931)  –                                       (skyscraper = gratte-ciel)

king kong on top of the Empire State Building

 King Kong on top of the Empire State building.

 Angela’s Ashes is a book by Irish author Frank McCourt. It tells the story of his childhood in Brooklyn and Ireland. The book was published in 1996 and  won the Pulitzer Prize

Angela's Ashes

 The film (1999), based on the book, was directed by Alan Parker (Midnight Express, Mississipi Burning) 

« When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all.  It was, of course, a miserable childhood : the happy childhood is hardly worth your while.  Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic Childhood. »

So begins the memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland.

Angela’s Ashes was followed by another autobiographical novel : ‘Tis