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From South Texas To the NationThe Exploitation of Mexican Labor in the Twentieth Century$
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John Weber

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469625232

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625232.001.0001

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The Politics of Depression

The Politics of Depression

(p.129) Chapter Five The Politics of Depression
From South Texas To the Nation

John Weber

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter illustrates the conditions of the Great Depression in the region and the failure of local and state governments to deal with the worst consequences of the international economic crisis. Public aid remained almost non-existent, but when it did come, local and state politicians wielded relief policies as the latest in a long line of laws meant to tilt the power in labor relations further away from workers. This chapter examines the objective conditions of life during the 1930s. Continued deportation campaigns, higher unemployment rates, and lower wages exacerbated the problems already present in previous decades. Political solutions to these problems, even during the height of New Deal reformism, proved rare and fleeting as agribusiness interests and conservative politicians maintained control of much of the state despite countervailing pressures.

Keywords:   Great Depression, Migrant stream, West Side of San Antonio, Deportation, Repatriation, New Deal, Maury Maverick

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