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Striking Beauties: 1938

Striking Beauties: 1938

August 1938. "Girl fieldworkers at the King Farm on strike against 17-cents-an-hour wages. Morrisville, Pennsylvania." Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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17 cents an hour is about $3 an hour in today’s money. No wonder they were on strike. You couldn’t live on 17 cents an hour then, you can’t live on $3 an hour today.

They Paid 25 Cents a Bushel

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