Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Fruits of Their LaborAtlantic Coast Farmworkers and the Making of Migrant Poverty, 1870-1945$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Cindy Hahamovitch

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780807846391

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807899922_hahamovitch

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of North Carolina Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NCSO for personal use.date: 28 September 2021

Uncle Sam as Padrone: The Politics of Labor Supply in Depression and War

Uncle Sam as Padrone: The Politics of Labor Supply in Depression and War

(p.151) 7 Uncle Sam as Padrone: The Politics of Labor Supply in Depression and War
The Fruits of Their Labor

Cindy Hahamovitch

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the Wagner Act, which excluded field workers and domestics—some 65 percent of African American workers—from its provisions. Still, field workers were not abandoned by the state. If New Dealers were unwilling to redress farmworkers' powerlessness, they were gearing up to do something about their poverty. The agency that would take up their cause was the Resettlement Administration and its successor, the Farm Security Administration (FSA). The FSA's mission was to serve the nation's poorest rural people, including those excluded from or further impoverished by the administration's recovery measures. The FSA took 10 million acres of marginal land out of production and resettled the families that had worked them. It created suburban “greenbelt” developments that were designed to increase rural income by combining cooperative farming and small industry.

Keywords:   Wagner Act, field workers, domestics, New Dealers, poverty, Resettlement Administration, Farm Security Administration, FSA

North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .