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Migrant Workers of California in the 1930's

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Migrant Workers of California
In the 1930's Who Were the Workers? Why Did They Move To California? Employment & Living Conditions What is the dust bowl? How Were They Treated? THE END -Migrant workers had terrible employment and living conditions because the farmers that would hire them knew they would tolerate them since they were paid more than what they would earn before they came to California.

-Since the workers had to deal with such horrible conditions, they would work with family members or they were always traveling throughout the state looking for better farm work because California is known for its better climate results.

-Migrants also had the possibility of losing their jobs due to new mechanical equipment which could harvest things like cotton and beans faster then people. logans resources Advertisements for farmers in need of work were posted for places like Arizona and southwest California and made out to be a very promising land for work. Farmers thought it would be best to move to California because of the states mild climate and the diversity of crops able to be grown there. They thought it would allowed for a longer growing season, which then would provide more crops per season and a much greater profit. The Dust Bowl is one of the most tragic events to affect the United States. It was a time where serious dust storms were repeatedly hitting the same area, causing alot of agricultural and ecological damage over that period.

The Dust Bowl didn't just affect a family's finances. It affected their health as well. Many farmers died from diseases like dust pneumonia or died from malnutrition because they could not feed themselves.

The largest migration in American history. Many didn't return to their farms after the economy and lands recovered, staying on in their new states, working better paying jobs http://www.filtersfast.com/articles/the-dust-bowl.php Because there were so many workers in need of jobs, it resulted in limited work and extremely low pay.It had been as if their lives were even more difficult then when they left.

Many migrant workers lived in unsanitary conditions next to irrigation ditches and moved frequently to follow crop harvests.

They built their houses from scavenged scraps, and they lived without any plumbing and electricity.Filthy water and a lack of trash and waste facilities ended up causing major health problems and dealth.

Mexican Americans faced discrimination for employment. Over time, they replaced their shacks with real houses, sending their children to local schools and tried becoming a part of their communities; but they continued to face discrimination when looking for work, and they were called “Okies” and “Arkies” by the locals regardless of where they came from which was suppose to be an offensive term towards the homeless.

Government laws helped increase wages and allowed migrant workers to earn more for their hard work.World War II brought jobs and economic changes that lowered the number of migrant workers and the end to the Great Depression. http://www.chacha.com/question/how-are-the-okies-similar-to-hoboes-in-the-1930's http://www.calisphere.universityofcalifornia.edu/calcultures/ethnic_groups/subtopic3b.html http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_did_migrant_workers_in_the_1930's_live The migrant workers of California were once farmers, and families of the Great Plains. Once the stock market crashed many farmers lost there farms due to the economic downfall, and were forced to flee to California were they hoped to find work. By: Katie, Abbey &Logan
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