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Okies

itinerant dust bowl farmers (1930s). [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 455; Am. Lit.: The Grapes of Wrath]
See: Poverty

Okies

Californians’ derogatory name for Oklahoma immigrants; meaning “ignorant tramps.” [Am. Lit.: The Grapes of Wrath]
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The cornerstones of Okie's success in meeting the requirements of these demanding sectors, yet at the same time ensuring the flexibility to tackle other projects, is in Billy White's view, down to the employees of Okie Drilling and the support the company receives from Sandvik Construction.
They have never got bigger than about 500 kilograms," Dr Okie said.
"We Dig Schools" program participants also received a visit from Okie, the Call Okie gopher mascot.
There were lots of problems that required solutions before the Okie would become a reality.
Okie Noodling documentaries by Austin filmmaker Bradley Beesley
Way down in Georgia, Karla Stumpo (who else?) said with laudable honesty: "I'm not really happy with either candidate." So now she knows how we feel in the UK.And out in Okie, James MacLeoad sic said: "Whom we get to vote for is not as significant as having an electoral process free of big money influence."
"We kneed friends like you," one Okie wrote Steinbeck, praising the gritty realism that came to ensure the book's long shelf life.
"Children of the Dust: An Okie Family Story" is author Betty Grant Henshaw's reflections on her life growing up in this difficult environment, under a father who had to toil long hours in the boiling sun every day, for a pittance of a wage, just so she could eat.
To be both Okie and radical is not that rare a thing, apparently, and Joyce is careful, through his scholarship and accessibility, to show that Oklahoma activism is based solidly on long-standing tradition rather than on transplanted ways.
The pair's three winners were Pleasure Honor, Another Kris and Royal Okie. Baze has six rides at Bay Meadows today as he closes in on Pincay.