Upton Sinclair runs for the California governorship, terrifying big business and spurring the evolution of mass media propaganda techniques. Unions virtually shut down San Francisco as strikes grow across the nation.
The New Deal appears to favor the wealthy and the horrors of the plantation system, as tenant farmers and sharecroppers begin to organize. Pole taxes prevent the poor from voting as union protests turn deadly in Pittsburgh.
After signs of recovery in 1937, the economy crashes again as tens of thousands attempt to move West in search of jobs. Resentment in the West grows against the "Okie" immigrants. The 1939 World's Fair's focus is on peace as WWII dawns. Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath is published and Pearl Harbor is attacked as the Great Depression is displaced in the American Mind.