Revolution in the Delta: Farm Hands Go on Strike

Abstract

David R. Underhill discusses the strike of farm laborers in various Mississippi Delta cities. Underhill highlights strike procedures, methods, and locations.

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Revolution in the Delta: Farm Hands Go on Strike
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[Inserted text top right margin: Haster] [Inserted left margin: Bracket: 5th through 7th paragraph from ?One truck separated the car? to ?facing their weeds alone.?] [Underlined: but the men in the car leaned out of the windows and shouted toward the bus, ?Don?t woke here! The Andrews place is on strike! Don?t work here!?] [Underlined: No one got off to hoe at the Andres plantation] [Underlined: Mississippi Freedom Labor Union has called a gen-eral strike.] [Inserted middle margin: Arrow: 15th paragraph inserted over ?by their white planter bosses.?] [Circled: Isaac Foster,] [Underlined: the Tribbett union chair-man, spoke at a union meeting about this other prolem.] [Underlined: ?in a way, you are still slaves,? he told the listening workers. ?You?re being sold indirectly when you want to move from one plantation to another. You have a debt to your white boss. Well, the new boss, he buys off the debt. And then he gets you, and you owe him your debt.?] [Underlined: The idea of a strike was born at a freedom school meeting in Shaw, Miss[issippi ], last November, when a 75-year-old man, Miller Lark, stood up and suggested they go on strike instead of chopping cotton for only $3 per day.]
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