Year 11 Eng: General: Of Mice and Men


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Disabilities in the 1930s

People with mental disabilities in 1930s America were treated very unsympathetically by the majority of society. Abnormal behaviour and low levels of economic productivity were thought of as a 'burden to society'. Similarly, people of minorities were also treated badly by society (read the theme 'Racism in 1930's America').

​​The mentally disabled were usually placed by, or removed from, their families (usually in infancy) and housed in large professional institutions.


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SparkNotes: Summary

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John Steinbeck Biography

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