Today in Labor History – May 6th

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Works Projects Administration (WPA) established at a cost of $4.8 billion — more than $72 billion in 2014 dollars — to provide work opportunities for millions during the Great Depression – 1935

400 black women working as tobacco stemmers walk off the job in a spontaneous revolt against poor working conditions and a $3 weekly wage at the Vaughan Co. in Richmond, Va. – 1937

John Steinbeck‘s The Grapes of Wrath won the Pulitzer Prize for the most distinguished novel of 1939. He ultimately won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 -1940

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