Grapes of Wrath Chapter 21: "California Kindness" The inhabitants of California were unable to feed their own people and thusly resented migrant workers when they began arriving in droves. The migrant workers from Oklahoma soon began resenting the resentment and attempted to unionize. Their leaders were swiftly arrested. "The great owners were glad and sent out more handbills to bring more people in. And wages went down and prices stayed up." "There in the Middle and Southwest had lived a simple agrarian fold who had not changed with industry." Tractors made farmers obsolete. Families were forced to live in what were known as Hoovervilles while they searched for work. These places often held starvation as well.