Crooks

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  • "In one hand he held a bottle of linament... he rubbed his spine"
  • "he stiffened and a scowl came on his face"
  • "Lennie's disarming smile defeated him....His tone was a little more friendly."
  • 1619 - The first black slaves were brought from Africa to America, in Virginia, and sold.
  • "If you… guys would want a hand to work for nothing—just his keep, why I’d come an’ lend a hand. I ain’t so crippled I can’t work like a son-of-a-bitch if I want to."
  • Crooks reaction was representative of the bitterness and militant attitude that some black people had at the time.
  • "Crooks stared hopelessly at her, and then he sat down on his bunk and drew into himself."
  • April 1865 - The North wins the American Civil War. December 1865 - The 13th Amendment to the Constitution bans slavery.
  • "he fell slowly to rubbing his back."
  • 1868 - The 14th Amendment means that anyone born in the USA is a citizen, regardless of colour.
  • May 1865 - The Ku Klux Klan is formed in Tennessee.
  • 1913 - Segregation begins across the USA in workplaces, lunch rooms and rest rooms.
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