Chapter 17

“And the worlds were built in the evening. The people, moving in from the highways, made them with their tents and their hearts and their brains.”

In two sentences, Steinbeck depicts the new life of migrant people on the road, trying to make their world safe.

In a time of despair and uncertainty and after being dispossessed of everything they had, the migrant people still have the ability to endlessly recreate a world of their own.

The camps they create each night and tear down each morning are their temporary worlds, made of canvas, a renewed community spirit, shared songs and memories, new rules for the community, and dreams of the new country.

 Migrant  Camps

All the families scattered on the road during the day become one family at night, sharing things and ideas, helping each other and dreaming of the new world, California.