Geanna California. The life during the dust

Geanna TownsendCoach Bryan Period 5January 9th, 2018The Hard Life of Migrants    Journalist Robin A. Fanslow in the article “The Migrant Experience” from the Library of Congress on April 6, 1998, talks about the problems and the hard life of a migrant farm worker in 1929-1941. History only repeats itself it is only fixed when people know the past and try to prevent the same mistakes from being made are you going to continue to let the same mistakes happen or help change? Migrant farmworker have always been around but during the Great Depression their life has got harder when there was overfilled unemployment and crops dried up, there was less and less work wherever they went and the more they worked the more it ruined the farms, the farm workers went through a several year droughts and dust storms which influenced them to move to California. The life during the dust bowl was difficult to live in if you were a migrant farm worker.Working was always a normal thing until it became the reason for their downfall. Migrant farm workers always did hard work for money to thrive as people and live off their own success but their hard work did not always cause good results. In the article “The Migrant Experience” by Robin A. Fanslow he states that “The increase of farming activity placed a greater strain on the land”(Todd & Sonkin). With everyone trying to get work in California the farms were packed with people trying to provide for their family everyone going to California made fewer jobs less money and added to unemployment. The ones who were lucky enough to get a job in time like George and Lennie in the book Of Mice and Men who the migrant farm workers closely relate to in some way.In the book Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie are two migrant farm workers who do not have families to provide for only each other so they did not worry about not having a place to sleep. Many Okies as they called them migrated to California because their own farms were destroyed by several year droughts and dust storms ruined their crops. In the book, George and Lennie are two men who move around and work on farms for a living while moving around they did not always have a place to stay they did not have many belongings and with all the farm’s soil being bad there was less and less work which left them with no jobs. This made everything much harder for these farm workers leaving them not only with more problems to face but also not being able to reach complete self-actualization the 5th step in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.     For Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to get to happiness and fulfilling full potential people need to go through each step and without going through every step before people cannot reach full potential according to Maslow. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is 5 steps to reach “self-actualization” which is ultimately your happiness with yourself and being happy and content with who you are and where you are as a person. The 5 steps are physiological than safety and love and belonging then self-esteem and last self-actualization where you reach full potential. According to Maslow migrant farm workers were not able to reach the second stage of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs according to Maslow because they did not have the economic safety they needed to strive and survive. Since farm workers were only able to reach the first step they could not get to self-actualization and be happy with their life. Which would make their life even more difficult with all of the negative thinking and negative viewpoints.    The life of migrant workers during the dust bowl was difficult to live in during this time. Farms and crops were being destroyed by bad soil, dust storms, a 7-year drought, over planting the farm, and fewer jobs once the farms were destroyed. Reading this and having students read this makes them understand the struggle of the older generation and the hard work people had to go through to overcome problems. This generation needs to know these major events so the same mistakes do not happen and people know a different way to solve problems effectively.Work Cited Todd, Charles, and Robert Sonkin.”The Migrant Experience -Voices from the dust bowl: TheCharles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant worker collection, 1940-1941.”The Library of Congress, Library of Congress, 1 may 1998 Maslow, Abraham H. “The Hierarchy of Human Needs.” Toward a Psychology of Being Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. Penguin Books, 1937.

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