Answered By: Donald Page
Last Updated: Oct 30, 2017     Views: 490

Use instead the term "Bum Blockade," the illegal attempt by the Los Angeles Police Department to block immigrants (especially from the Dust Bowl) from crossing the California border. Some suggested sources:

The Bum Blockade: Los Angeles and the Great Depression by Hailey Giczy.

Voces Novae: Chapman University Historical Review, Vol 1, No 1 (2009)

Full text:


Newsreel on YouTube: “Bum Blockade”


Library databases:


Los Angeles Times Historical

Los Angeles Times Current


Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)

Proquest Databases


Books in the library:

American exodus : the Dust Bowl migration and Okie culture in California

 Books/5th floor

 HB1985.C2 G74 1989  


Endangered dreams : the Great Depression in California

Books/5th floor

 HB3717 1929 .S73 1996  



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