Westward Bound: “Rear view of an Okie’s car, passing through Amarillo, Texas, heading west, 1941,” Wikipedia writes. John Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes of Wrath (1939), set during the Great Depression & the Dust Bowl in the U.S., follows the travels and travails of a poor farming family from Oklahoma, the Joads, who join thousands of other “Okies” on their way westward to California in search for a better life.
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Even so, there was no permanent economic downturn. I had a lot of opportunity and viewed my prospects for the future as positive. Viewed from the vantage point of today, it might have been that I was just younger and more hopeful. Or, that given the way the global economy is structured, prospects today are especially bleak and appear worse than they were during the Great Depression. In twenty years, will a good full-time job be the exception rather than the rule, with less people working full-time than not working at all? This is both hard to imagine and hard to accept. That so many lives can be in disarray and disorder. That the transition to better times is unclear and unknown. This does not suggest, however, that it can’t happen.