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Charlotte Observer: Addressing the Problems of the Modern-day ‘Okies’ by Prof. Clark G. Ross

Clark Ross
Clark Ross

In a recent op-ed piece in the Charlotte Observer, Frontis W. Johnston Professor of Economics Clark Ross links the 2016 election to the plight of the Joads, the white Oklahoma farmers central to John Steinbeck's 1939 classic, The Grapes of Wrath.

He writes, "As we listen in July 2016 to the national political conventions at which the powerless are courted by both Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, I ask myself whether either candidate really has a message of hope for the Joads of 2016. For we have such people today, they just do not come from small, formerly sharecropped farms...What do we tell these workers, the 'Okies' of today?"

Ross credits the students in his summer 2016 July Experience "Great Economic Depression" course for inspiring the piece with their perceptive comments during class discussions.

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