After the financial collapse of 1929, very soon every one in America was affected . . . even those with no investments in the stock market. The financial collapse led to bank failures and failures of large and small businesses. This, combined with a horrific drought caused business and commerce in the company to lock up. The end result was massive unemployment, and broke migrants traveling across the country looking for work. The picture above is a family wiped out in Oklahoma, now driving to California in the hopes of finding work.