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Copy of Migrant Workers: 1920's & 1930's
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1920's & 1930's Migrant workers were referred to as "Okies" because 20% of migrant workers came from Oklahoma. Most "Okies" were of Anglo-American decent. The farmers had discriminatory attitudes towards workers Majority of migrant workers during the Dust Bowl were Latino, Asian, Phillipino, or of Asian decent. Wages could not support families. In the occupational system, migrant workers were the lowest paid. The workers followed harvest around the state meaning that they moved around to places in order to work. The annual arrival rate in 1931 reached almost 500,000 people. Migrant workers lacked residential status and citizenship. Workers suffered health and physical problems due to their harsh working and living conditions. Many people immigrated to California because California had a mild climate that enabled a long harvest system which produced various crops. Bibliography:
"The Migrant Experience" http://international.loc.gov/ammem/afctshtml/tsme.html
"Farm Laborers in the 1930's" http://migration.ucdavis.edu/rmn/more.php?id=788_0_6_0
"Migrant Workers" http://www.jrank.org/cultures/pages/4195/Migrant-Workers.html