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Created on Sunday, 16 May 2010 17:30
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 04:22
Written by Johnnie Meier
The use of the phrase "Mother Road" is attributed to author John Steinbeck in the novel Grapes of Wrath
The following passage is quoted from Chapter 12.
66 is the path of a people in flight, refugees from dust and shrinking land, from the thunder of tractors and shrinking ownership, from the desert's slow northward invasion, from the twisting winds that howl up out of Texas, from the floods that bring no richness to the land and steal what little richness is there. From all of these the people are in flight, and they come into 66 from the tributary side roads, from the wagon tracks and the rutted country roads. 66 is the mother road, the road of flight.
Quoting "Mother Road" reasonably falls into Fair Use of copyrighted material due to it's brevity and the fact that use of the phrase does not detract from the original work.