During the migration to Ca. and the Great Depression, tent cities or shanty towns were built by the poor for the poor. They were also known as Hoovervilles. (Links to a few words and three pictures of shanty towns of the
Photo by Dorothea Lange. A Texas family is headed for the Arkansas Delta for work in the cotton fields. Somewhere between Dallas and Austin, penniless, with no food and just three gallons of gas, father tries to fix a flat tire.
Great Depression Era: A Girl Making Supper. Farm Security Administration: "Suppertime" for the westward migration. Circa Picture from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.
"Okies" Driving to California on Route 66 - Route 66 was the road taken by many farmers/okies who tried to escape poverty and the dust bowl in the This is consistent with the Joads, who took Route 66 to find a better state of living in California.