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Migrant Workers

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Maya Noesen

on 30 April 2014

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Transcript of Migrant Workers

The Life of a Migrant Worker
Migrant Workers
I would travel alone. It would slow me down and prevent me from getting any good jobs if I had a partner s
Would You Want to Travel Alone?
People did not have the advanced technology that we posses today so their sources of entertainment depended more on their neighbors than anything else. They would have town dances, watch football, go to rodeos or festivals when in town, visit each other, and listen to the radio if in possession of one.
How Would You Entertain Yourselves in the 1930s?
Migrant workers did not have the money or connections in order to attend the majority of the public gatherings. However, that does not mean that they did not mange to have a certain degree of fun. They would play cards, horseshoes, marbles, sing, play 'instruments', and any game of their own invention.
How Migrant Workers Entertain Themselves in the 1930s?
How were migrant workers mistreated?
How Did The Government Treat Migrant Workers?
Migrant workers during the 1930's were payed very little. They were payed only around 14 cents an hour, which made about $5 a day. According to experts, the amount they were paid is hundreds of dollars below what would be acceptable
to survive. Therefore
you could not live off
this income.
Migrant Workers Pay
Workers during this time period weren't taken care of very much. Their pay dropped in the early 1930's to under $5 a day. The workers moved from farm to farm making money from different people. After each job they were forced out of that farm and go to find another job somewhere else.
Migrant workers were treated very poorly during this time. They were viewed as racial outcasts, class outcasts, and shunned by the community. They also lived and worked in horrible conditions. They often would live about anywhere they could, and if they had a shack, they would put up with broken windows, missing doors, and leaky roofs. The life of a migrant worker was far
from luxurious.

How would you feel if you had to live as a migrant worker in the 1930's?
Do you think George and Lennie have it easier than most at the ranch?
The life of a migrant worker is hard.
Yes, George and Lennie have it easier because they have each other unlike most migrant workers. However, with Lennie having a mental disorder they have to be more cautious about what they do and always face the danger of being found out.
You must always be moving around the
country to go and find work and money.
Depressed from having no money and job so always having to move.
Lonely since no one traveled together.
Anger for living an unjust life since they were not paid enough and not appreciated.
As a migrant worker, you are always on the move, therefore you don't usually have the time nor the patience to else someone else. "Every man for himself" is the frame of mind for the life of a migrant worker
Whatever you can carry is yours to keep. Because you are always on the move you must have
all of your belongings on you when you are
on the move
How could this life be lonely?
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