|Headed West, Late 1800's|
Capitalism, individual freedom, and the human spirit created California.
In October, 1929, the nation's economy imploded, leaving millions of people across America homeless. Businesses were destroyed, fortunes were lost, and people by the thousands huddled in "Hoovervilles".
In the midst of this, a major drought overtook the midwest, destroying much of the agriculture industry, and forcing people to abandon their farms. Thousands of desperate people migrated westward to California, in search of work in the growing agriculture industry in the Owens valley. Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath", a fictional account of the Joad family, was nevertheless a true story for the people who actually lived it.
Like those before, they brought with them their hopes and dreams, and the willingness to work.
|Headed Out "Californee Way", ca 1930|
The conventional viewpoint says we need a jobs program and we need to cut welfare. Just the opposite!. We need more welfare and fewer jobs. -- Actual quote by California Governor Jerry Brown
|Headed Out "Californee Way", ca 2013|
|Headed Out "Oklahomee Way", ca 2013|