Using Strange Fruit to Add Context to Steinbeck’s Chapter 4 Of Mice and Men

Abel Meeropol’s haunting song, Strange Fruit, is considered one of the first protest songs regarding the issue of lynching that was still a large American issue in 1939. English I folks are reading Steinbeck’s novel, which was published in 1937, and Curley’s wife threat to Crooks about having him lynch is a very real threat. No wonder Crooks is described as reducing “himself to nothing. There was no personality, no ego–nothing to arouse either like or dislike. He said, ‘Yes, ma’am,’ and his voice was toneless”(74). Many artists have recorded a version of this song, yet Billie Holiday’s version may be the most famous one. Click on the wikipedia link to learn more about how she would close her sets with this song.


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I am an English teacher working with great students at an independent school in Ct.
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