Migrant Farm workers/ Farming

By: Dacia Madson

Stock Market Crash in 1929. Farmers lost their farms when banks came to collect on their notes(money). Seven-year drought began in 1931,the coming of dust storms in 1932, many of the farms literally dried up and blew away. It was driven by the  "Great Depression."  east-west thoroughfare, U.S. Highway 66 -- also known as "Route 66," "The Mother Road," "The Main Street of America," and "Will Rogers Highway" -- abetted the westward flight of the migrants. A trip of such length was not undertaken lightly in this pre-interstate era, and Highway 66 provided a direct route from the Dust Bowl region to an area just south of the Central Valley of California. This was when the migrants were moving south to find work.


Great Plains states, the migrants were generically known as "Okies," referring to the approximately 20 percent who were from Oklahoma. Many were living in modern living cultures.

Arvin Migratory Labor

The Arvin Migratory Labor Camp was the first federally operated camp opened by the  1937, The camps intended to resolve poor and health issues. As they were looking for jobs at the camps the fathers got involved more with the children playing games, being more interactive with their family.

Depression Era: 1930's

Mexican migrant workers made more in the united states then they would in Mexico. At least three quarters of California's 200,000 farm workers were Mexican or Mexican American in the 1920's.


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