Ford celebrates family values and emphasizes the innate goodness of the American people, or at least most of them. Tea Party types may reach for their coats the second time honest working folk are hornswoggled by exploitative entrepreneurs and be out the door even before the Joads stumble upon a federal campsite run by a miniature FDR and someone who introduces himself as head of the Central Committee. Theres no missing Fondas annoyed response to right-wing vigilante demagoguery (What is these Reds anyway? he wonders when somebody calls him one). Not even Mas celebrated curtain-closer (Well go on forever, cause were the people) can efface the heros philosophical assertion that were each a little piece of a big soul. Hard times, migrant workers, and homespun rhetoric notwithstanding, The Grapes of Wrath is itself a bit homelessamazingly irrelevant to the present moment.
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