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Title
1939 Madera County Cotton Pickers Strike
Date Created and/or Issued
1939
Contributing Institution
Madera County Library, California History and Family Research Room
Collection
California Revealed from Madera County Library, California History and Family Research Room
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Description
In October of 1939, cotton pickers across the San Joaquin Valley went on strike against local cotton growers . Citing low pay and poor working conditions, the workers (who were supported by the Workers Alliance, Congress of Industrial Workers and the UCAPAW) assembled in downtown Courthouse Park in Madera and arrests were made by the Madera County Sheriff in accordance with an anti-picketing ordinance of Madera County. This was followed by strikers threatening to storm the jail, growers and pickers violently confronting each other at various locations within the County and additional arrests of picketers. In total, 13 leaders of the various labor organizations were arrested and indicted on charges of conspiracy to violate an anti-picketing ordinance and conspiring to commit to breach of the peace. 100 UCAPAWA union members as well as labor sympathizers picketed the Madera County Jail in protest of the labor organizers arrest and confinement. These reels document the events of the 1939 Madera County Cotton Pickers Strike.
Notes on original containers: r01: Nov 21, 1939. At jail. Strike in park. r02: At the field. Note on film leader: r01: Nov 18th 1939 p.m.
Type
moving image
Format
Original
Black and White
Silent
Extent
3 Reels of 3
Identifier
cma_000074_r01; cma_000074_r02; cma_000074_r03
Language
English
Subject
Agricultural laborers--California--1930-1940
Agriculture--California--San Joaquin Valley
Strikes and lockouts--Agricultural laborers--California
Place
Madera County (Calif.)
Provenance
Madera County Library, California History and Family Research Room
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