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[Detail] Migrant agricultural worker


The decade between 1935 and 1945 saw much progress in organized labor, including the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933 and the National Labor Relations Act of 1935. Together, these acts recognized the right of workers to join unions and the right to collective bargaining and required employers to deal fairly with majority-supported unions. The tremendous growth of organized labor was reflected in the tremendous tensions of 1937, when a wave of strikes, some resulting in violence, swept through the country.

search union, CIO, strike, and picket for pictures illustrating labor organization and unrest. Ask students to look for newspaper articles on strikes and union meetings in Charles Todd's Scrapbook from Voices from the Dust Bowl. Then have them write their own article to go with a photograph from the collection.