The Grapes of Wrath

why were the men unable to find work?

in chapters 19-24

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The men were unable to find work because jobs were given to imported labor.

They imported slaves, although they did not call them slaves: Chinese, Japanese, Mexicans, Filipinos.They live on rice and beans, the business men said. They don't need much. They wouldn't know what to do with good wages.

The Grapes of Wrath