“Privileged” White Americans – 1936

art-remus-ident-04.jpg During the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s, 15% of Oklahoma’s population relocated to California. Along with refugees from other stricken southern plains states, all called “Okies”, about half a million had migrated to the Central Valley region of California by the early 1940s. They were unwelcome and ridiculed, competed with Mexicans for the lowest paying seasonal agricultural work and lived in tents and shanties. With the ramp up in defense industry jobs they left in such numbers as to create a critical shortage of farm hands.

Source http://www.woodpilereport.com/


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