Chapter 12: Route 66

"Get your kicks on Route 66..."

The Road

"Highway 66 is the main migrant road. 66 - the long concrete path across the country, waving gently up and down on the map."

Stretching from Illinois to California, 66 was utilized by the Joads and many other migrants as they made their way across the country.

The Escape

"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"

The Journey

"The people in flight streamed out on 66, sometimes in a single car, sometimes a little caravan. All day long they rolled along the road."

The Hope

"California's a big State. In California they got high wages."

The Reality

"Baloney! I seen folks comin' back. Somebody's kiddin' you."

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