"In Dubious Battle"
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The paper examines how John Steinbeck's novel, "In Dubious Battle", describes a migrant worker labor strike that portrays the turbulence of the depression era labor struggles in California. The paper outlines how Steinbeck explores the differing motivations of the strike leaders, and the prevalent use of violence throughout the struggle.
From the Paper:"John Steinbeck's novel, In Dubious Battle, provides its readers a window into the turbulence of the depression era labor struggles in California, when homeless men were arrested for vagrancy, workers were supervised by armed guards, and violence and beatings were prevalent. The conflict in the novel is sparked when migrant workers in California's apple country are informed of a 25 percent reduction in their per-basket wages. Their generalized discontent is nurtured into a full-fledged strike against the regional landowners through the manipulations of veteran labor activist Mac McLeod and rookie activist Jim Nolan. The group assumes a life of its own, evolving rapidly from an organized strike into loosely controlled mob violence, and ultimately Jim Nolan is destroyed in the struggle after emerging as a leader."
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