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Life of immigrant workers 1920-1930
Transcript of Life of immigrant workers 1920-1930
If you were a migrant worker during this time, you were at a disadvantage.
Great depression, drought, and dust storms.
This forced many farmers to find work elsewhere in temperate California.
There you made less then your white counterparts on the same job.
At this time, you would have made more in the states than in Mexico.
A half a million Mexicans migrated to the United States during the 1920s, with more then 30% settling in California.
Between 1880-1920 more then 25 million foreigners arrived on Americas shores.
This was named "the greatest wave of immigration" in American history.
During the Great Depression in the 1930s, racial anxieties ran high. Mexicans in California and in other states were seen as competition in scarce jobs.
This caused reduced work and wages.
What they thought...
They believed that moving to California would give them many job opportunities and a better life. Instead, they were met with discrimination by locals and low-wage jobs that did not pay nearly enough to support their families.
The life of migrant farmers was very hard during the Great Depression. Farmers struggled with low prices for the crops they produced. Starting at 1929, everything became very difficult. After WWI when demand fell, prices also fell so farmers tried to produce even more to pay their debts. In the early 1930s, prices dropped so low that many farmers either couldn't pay rent on their land or went bankrupt and lost their farms.
Workers suffered health and physical problems due to their work and living conditions.
Though most conditions were bad, some farms provided housing, schools and stores for migrants.
Houses and cars for migrants