Great Depression by Hugo Duprat
Hi and welcome in this new exhibit of The Great Depression and the Okies migration, in this exhibit I will tell you a part of their story with some photos.
In the 1930s there is an event named “Great Depression”. This event caused a giant migration of people and a misery in many states. The Dust Bowl, a natural catastrophe is one of the main causes of Great Depression. After the Dust Bowl, the farms, houses, plants were covered of dust and the farmers became homeless and jobless. For most of them, they traveled in Jalopy to California with their remaining belongings to research to a new job like fruits pickers and restart from scratch. But their travel were difficult because of the harsh conditions, they were a lot in Jalopy, with their families for a lot of them, they didn’t have enough money, enough food, and if their Jalopy broke they were obligated to repair them or to continue by foot.
The road which used the migrants was Route 66 and it was called the “Mother Road” because it was the most used road by the migrants at this time.
When migrants were arrived in California, they were hungry and desperate, and they were obligated to sleep in tents in camps or in houses made of scraps. To find a job, some businessman came and purpose jobs to migrants but these jobs were bad, they were in bad conditions, the salary was really bad, the businessman just over exploited the migrants to win more money.
Refugee of Dust Bowl, California
We can't imagine what she passed throught and how she lived in this camps
This man, alone with their remaining belongings, he's maybe hungry and desparate and nobody can help him.
Group of Refugee, California
They travelled a lot with their Jalopy, we can imagine how they are tired and hungry
Farmer and his sons
This farmer and his sons are into this dangerous dust storm. The kids look young it's more dangerous for them.
With these farms covered of dust we can see the power of the Dust Bowl