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12. Migrant
Struggle


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Tomas Rivera - Selected Archive Items

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[5864] Dorothea Lange, Mexicans, Field Laborers, on Strike in Cotton Picking Season, Apply to Farm Security Administration for Relief. Bakersfield, California (1938),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USF34-018627].
The Farm Security Administration (1937-42) was formed under the Department of Agriculture. It provided low-cost loans and assistance to small farmers and sharecroppers, constructed camps for migrant workers, restored eroded soil, and put flood prevention practices into effect.

[5979] Dorothea Lange, Pinal County, Arizona. Mexican Boy Age 13, Coming in from Cotton Field at Noon (1940),
courtesy of the U.S. National Archives & Records Administration [CTL# NWDNS-83- G-41839].
Dorothea Lange's full caption for this image reads, "Pinal County, Arizona. Mexican boy age 13, coming in from cotton field at noon. He picked 27 pounds of Pima cotton (earnings about $.45) during the morning. Note stamped work ticket in his hand."

[6138] Anonymous, Mrs. Lionel Sanchez with Child during Migrant Hunger Strike (1970),
courtesy of the Denver Public Library, Western History Collection.
This Hispanic American woman feeds her daughter from a bottle during a strike of Colorado migrant workers. Author Tomas Rivera worked as a migrant farm laborer in the 1950s; his novel And The Earth Did Not Devour Him is narrated by a child laborer.

[6364] Russell Lee, Mexican Woman Cutting Spinach, La Pryor, Texas (1939),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USF33-012046-M3].
Agricultural worker in Texas. Author Tomas Rivera, who was born in Texas, experienced and wrote about migrant agricultural work.



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