The Grapes of Wrath

Route 66 in Lincoln IL
Above: Historic Route 66 in Lincoln, Illinois.

In 1940, the novel of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck won the Pulitzer Prize and was adapted to film by John Ford, starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell and John Carradine. It became an instant classic (even though the film conclusion differs from Steinbeck's).

"The Grapes of Wrath" vividly portrays a somber face of Route 66, that of the Great Depression and extreme weather forming dust storms nicknamed "Dust Bowls", which relentlessly hit the thousands of "Okies" on the road, poor workers from Oklahoma heading west in search of a better life on the coast of California. The plot presents endless surprise turns and disappointments over the distance...