For this exploration I researched the theme grapes of wrath. In chapter twenty the theme that pops up is grapes of wrath. On page 335, in my book this theme starts as,
"When ya get 'em picked, ever' goddamn one is picked. There ain't another damn thing in that part a the country to do. An' then them owners don' want you there no more. Three thousan' of you. The work's done. You might steal, you might get drunk, you might jus' raise hell. An' besides, you don' look nice, livin' in ol' tent; an' it's pretty country, but you stink it up. They don' want you aroun'. So they kick you out, they move you along. That's how it is." to work
This paragraph is describing how hard it is to get work in California. Knowing how bad everyone wants so, the owners pay a certian amount of money for working. That ment that the people had to decide if they wanted to work for money if not, they were replaced.
Today, this is why we have a minimum wage when we work at places. The owners of the places just have to pay minimum wage or more for people to work.
In this picture it shows what these certian states what there minimum wage is. This what they have to atleast pay people this much.