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The earlier foreign migrants have invariably been drawn from apeonclass. This is not the case with the new migrants.They are smallfarmers who have lost their farms, or farm hands who have lived with the family in the old American way. They are men who have workedhard on their own farms and have felt the pride of possessing and living in close touch with the land. They are resourceful and intelligentAmericans who have gone through the hell of the drought, have seen their lands wither and die and the topsoil blow away; and this, to aman who has owned his land, is a curious and terrible pain.
Source:The Harvest Gypsieswas originally published in seven parts theSan Francisco News, between October 5 and October 12, 1936. This excerpt comes from Eric Foner’sVoices ofFreedom - Volume 2.Harvest Gypsies - Analysis Questions:1)Close Reading:According to Steinbeck, why are migrants always hated?_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2)Close Reading:In the past, where did the migrants come from? How were they treated?_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________3)Analysis:How would you describe thenew migrants (Dust Bowlmigrants), based on your reading of this primary source?
4)Analysis:What does the little boy in the squatter’s camp mean when he says:“When they need us they call us migrants, and whenwe've picked their crop, we're bums and we got to get out."What does that tell you about how the Dust Bowlmigrants are viewed byothers?
5)Analysis:Why do you think Steinbeck called this essay “Harvest Gypsies”?
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Primary Source Document Analysis - Starvation under the Orange Trees by John SteinbeckThe Spring is rich and green in California this year. In the fields the wild grass is ten inches high, and in the orchards and vineyards the grassis deep and nearly ready to be plowed under toenrichthe soil. Already the flowers are starting to bloom. Very shortly one of the oilcompanies will be broadcasting the locations of the wild-flower masses. It is a beautiful spring.There has been no war in California, noplague, no bombing of open towns and roads, no shelling of cities. It is a beautiful year. And thousands of families are starving inCalifornia. In the county seats thecoronersare filling in "malnutrition" in the spaces left for "causes of death." For some reason, a coronershrinks from writing "starvation" when a thin child is dead in a tent.For it's in the tents you see along the roads and in the shacks built from dump heap material that the hunger is, and it isn't malnutrition. It isstarvation. Malnutrition means you go without certain food essentials and take a long time to die, but starvation means no food at all. Thegreen grass spreading right into the tent doorways and the orange trees are loaded. In the cotton fields, a few wisps of the old crop cling tothe black stems.

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