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Unformatted text preview: looking for work; and the highways were streams of people, and the ditch banks were lines of people." Often known as "Okies," a derogatory term, Dust Bowl immigrants like the fictional Joads did not get a warm welcome from California's farmers and politicians. The newcomers were herded into slum-like migrant camps, given low wages for back-breaking work, and treated like criminals. Much of this was an effort by local farmers to take advantage of a cheap labor pool and to prevent labor organizing that would raise wages. Much of it was the result of fear on the part of Californians who were faced with a huge influx of ragged families. Whatever the cause, the result wasn't pretty. It shaped the development of the Midwest, which lost thousands of people and farms, and of California, which had to develop a new social order to handle the transplants. The problems faced by those from Oklahoma are not unlike those faced today by migrant workers from Mexico....
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This note was uploaded on 01/09/2011 for the course EDS 103 taught by Professor White during the Spring '10 term at E. Kentucky.
- Spring '10
- The Grapes of Wrath , Tom Joad