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George and Lenny have a good job in a textile factory and the countries economy is thriving, until the stock market crashes, and the owner of the factory lays off his workers after losing all of his earnings in the stock market.
George and Lenny move out to the Central Valley to work in the wheat production business, that has not yet been effected by the crash. They have jobs on a farm that mass produces wheat, but live in terrible conditions with terrible pay.
This is a hard life to swallow, but I couldn't sit back there and look to someone to feed us.
Suddenly, the dust bowl hits, leaving the central valley in a cloud of dust, and destroying their agricultural business. Lenny and Georgy lose their jobs once again
Hearing that there is fruit to be picked in California, Lenny and George migrate west, hoping to find a good job. Many other people also migrate after hearing about the need for workers in California.
"We ain't no paupers. We hold ourselves decent folks. We don't want no relief, but what we do want is a chanst to make an honest living like what we was raised."
Because so many had migrated to California, George and Lenny were stopped at the border and told they could not come in.
When they need us they call us migrants. When we've picked their crops we're bums and we've got to get out.
The moving, questioning people were migrants now. Those families which had lived on a little piece of land, who had lived and died on forty acres, had eaten and starved on the produce of 40 acres, had now the whole west to rove in...
George and Lenny were arrested and sent to a farm to work of their fines. They lived in horrible conditions, made no money, and were treated terribly.
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