The Joads, 2018

He can’t believe what’s happened to the land of ‘milk and honey,’ a nickname his Grandpa Tom used to call California. But ever higher taxes have taken their toll.

Junior no longer owns what remained of the farm that’s been in his family since the 1930’s and he’s packed everything onto the only possession left, their truck.  Slowly, he eases the overloaded vehicle from the gas pump onto southbound Highway 99.

As he does, Junior tries to comfort his wife, who is as attached to Tulare as anyone. “It’ll be alright, I promise.”

Sallisaw, Oklahoma is still some 15-hundred miles distant.


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