The Great Okie Migration by Julien and Antoine
Hey guys, we are there to present an exhibit about the exodus of the Okies during the Dust bowl years.
First of all, a dust storm rose up in the south of the USA. The farms were destroyed and the farmers had to leave their houses. Because of the economic crisis during the 1930’s, people were poor. The farmers left their farms with their belongings and travelled by car or by foot on route 66. They became homeless and jobless. California was known as the land of plenty; a dream place. The farmers want to make a new life and restart from scratch. They went across many states: Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, New Mexico, Arizona and California. They also went across towns, deserts and through mountains. When they finally arrived in California, they stayed in camps. There camps looked like slums. They were always homeless and jobless. They starving and they lived in tents. The children das dirty and ragged clothes and they were barefoot. They wait a land contractor but because of the low paid salaries the children had to work in the plants. They were exploited and they were desperate and miserable.
Because of the drought, the wind rose up and became a storm in south of the USA.
The dustbowl destroyed the farms.
The farmers had to leave their farms and took the road to the West with their belongings and their old cars.
Route 66 was the most used road to go in California. Onthis road, the migrants went across many states: Arkansas, Oklahoma, Arizona and Missouri.
Because they became jobless, the migrants were very poor and they became homeless.
They demonstrated because of the economic crisis. They want a job.
Migrants who came in California lived in camps. They were poor and waited a job. The camp looks like a slum.
The migrants worked as pickers. They had low-paid salaries and the children had to work. They were exploited.