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Ready to Roll: 1939

Ready to Roll: 1939

July 1939. "Migrant boy who is somewhat of a mechanic tightening the rear wheel on truck which will carry his family [that of of tenant farmer Elmer Thomas] to California from Muskogee, Oklahoma." Photo by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Just like The Hag

Merle Haggard's parents and two older siblings moved from Oklahoma to California during the Great Depression, much like this young man and his family, seeking a better life. Though, they didn't hail from Muskogee, they actually came from another well-known town — Checotah, home of Carrie Underwood.

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