Great Depression Activity

Great Depression Activity
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  • During the early twentieth century, immigrants from Mexico began to work in the agriculture fields of California in large numbers.
  • migrants who could legally cross the border into the United States from Mexico 
  • During the early twentieth century, immigrants from Mexico began to work in the agriculture fields of California in large numbers.
  • their journey was famously chronicled by John Steinbeck in The Grapes of Wrath. The Dust Bowl refugees were very poor when they arrived in California, 
  • Those who stayed did not necessarily receive help from New Deal programs, since relief benefits were often unavailable to non-citizens and many Mexican immigrants had never become citizens.
  • Still, many Anglo and Mexican farm workers joined labor unions in the 1930s and held several strikes. Even after the Depression ended,
  • The readings in this lesson will introduce you to the work, conditions, and communities inside the labor camps where both white and Mexican farm workers lived between about 1935 and 1955. 
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