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The Oakies were former residents of the Western South that had been battered with the largest drought in history and a huge dust storm called the Dust Bowl They crossed the Midwest with all they had to the California state line in search of employment in agricultural fields during the Great Depression times 1930s However jobs are nothing near what they got The Oakies were discriminated against in California Many people were prejudice at them thinking they were unfit to be accepted into Californian society They ended up being plain-out denied any business in California and most of the Oakies that had traveled to California ended up leaving the state and going back to their homes in the South The Oakies were migrants that traveled to the west to raise money and hope to raise new farms in the fertile lands of California Hence the name Oakies the Oakies mainly came from the state of Oklahoma which was the hardest hit area of drought and dust storms Most families in Oklahoma were poor due to failed crops The Oakies took whatever they could with them to California Bedding cooking utensils food and clothes were some examples of what most people took with them To get to California some jumped on the trains and hoped not to get caught and thrown off for not having a ticket Others who had managed to buy a car had it a bit easier since they did not have to carry much and they had a safer place to sleep When the Oakies got the California some headed to western urban areas where they hoped to raise new farms in the great fertile lands They at least hoped to receive a job so they could stay and make a living in the state Since most Oakies had no money they built camps to stay and live in There were two types of camps built One type of camp was called
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