Today in Labor History May 6th

The Works Projects Administration (WPA) was 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

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