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Oklahoma Tenant Farmers Hold a Union Meeting

The state of Oklahoma suffered greatly during the Depression, causing many families to become migrant workers. In response to the dire conditions in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Tenant Farmers' Union argued for decent living wages for field workers, an extension of a wage-and hour law to include agricultural labor, lower interest rates on loans for farmers, federal protection of migratory workers' civil liberties, and stable market prices. This photograph, taken in 1939, reflects the interracial membership of the Oklahoma Tenant Farmers Union, unusual for its time and place.

Meeting of some members of the Oklahoma tenant farmers' union. Muskogee, Oklahoma
Source | Russell Lee, "Meeting of some members of the Oklahoma tenant farmers' union. Muskogee, Oklahoma," photograph; from Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division Washington, D.C., http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8b22435.
Creator | Russell Lee
Item Type | Photograph
Cite This document | Russell Lee, “Oklahoma Tenant Farmers Hold a Union Meeting,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed June 14, 2021, https://shec.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1120.

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