The Grapes of Wrath - Chapters 21-22 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 21. The migrants had not known the fury of industrialization. Then they are shoved onto the highways and they see the world changed. The men in California grow afraid, harden themselves, and prepare to defend their property from the “Okies”. The companies see their chance: they force prices up and pay next to nothing for labor. Smaller farms break and are abandoned. They beat down the migrants, and the migrants begin to grow angry.

Chapter 22. The Joads drive to a fenced government camp that polices itself and does not allow any deputies in. They have hot water and a place to stay. A father and son at the camp invite Tom to go work with them digging a pipeline. There, their boss tells them the banks are forcing him to lower his wages to 25 cents an hour. He also warns Tom agitators intend to start a fight...

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