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933 cc 1. Why had the farmers of the photo essay migrated to California?

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Their farms were taken from them by the banks. Most of these farmers were sharecroppers who merely rented their land, sometimes for generations. With the Great Depression, a draught and the advent of agribusiness, these families were forced onto the street. Rumours of work picking fruit in California circulated so thousands made the trek in search of work.