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The Great Depression, Dust Bowl, Disability: Background for “Of Mice and Men”

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Dust Bowl farmers, 1937
Dust Bowl farmers, 1937; photo by Dorothea Lange from the Library of Congress
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This lesson guides students in exploring the Great Depression of 1920-1940 with a focus on the Dust Bowl, migrant workers, and the status of people with disabilities. The lesson is conceived as a research project in preparation for reading John Steinbeck’s novella “Of Mice and Men”, and could also be an interdisciplinary unit linking American History, English Literature, and Disability History. It can be co-taught by the subject teacher and the Special Education 


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