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Attached is an excerpt from a longer article about the U.S. Border Patrol's adventures in Texas; it tells of one patrolman's shocking discovery as to how abusive the growers were to their hired hands - how dreadful were their living conditions:

"The Mexicans worked twelve hours a day and were required to live in the company's labor shacks, twenty to twenty-five in a room. For such housing the workers were charged twenty-five cents a day apiece. They had to buy their supplies at the company commissary where prices were from fifty to seventy-five percent higher than outside stores... At the end of the season, almost all the Mexicans owed the company money."

The complete article can be read here

     


The Way They Forced to Live... (Collier's Magazine, 1940)

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