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

The WPA was established, 400 black women walk off the tobacco stemmers line and Grapes of Wrath wins PulitzerClick To Tweet

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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