1930's depression and Steinbeck - Context Research
Research paper linking the Great Depression to 'Of Mice and Men'.
The 1929 stock market crash marked the beginning of the Depression. Prior to the crash the stock market had been an important source of funding for industry; thus the crash itself was a contributing factor to the downturn as well as a harbinger of things to come.
A good exemplar research paper for online or classroom based learning.