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Colorized from Shorpy's files. November 1938. "Kern County, California. Cotton picker's child listening to speeches of organizer at strike meeting to raise wages from 75 cents to 90 cents a hundred pounds. Strike unsuccessful." Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.