A brief history of migrant labor in Wisconsin

Migrant Agricultural Labor in Wisconsin: A Short History



Although not itself a primary source, this 1979 pamphlet brings together a great deal of historical and statistical data in a convenient form. It traces migrant farm workers from the early years of the 20th century, when workers came primarily from Europe, through their replacement in the 1930s by workers from Texas and Mexico. It also summarizes the use of foreign workers and prisoners of war during World War II. The history migrant workers to harvest major crops such as beets, cucumbers and cherries is discussed in detail. Most of the pamphlet focuses on migrant farm workers between the mid-1950s and 1978, and how changes in agricultural technology affected their employment.


Related Topics: Wisconsin's Response to 20th-century change
20th-Century Immigration
Creator: Slesinger, Doris P., and Eileen Muirragui
Pub Data: Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Research on Poverty, 1979.
Citation: Slesinger, Doris P., and Eileen Muirragui. Migrant Agricultural Labor in Wisconsin: A Short History. (Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Research on Poverty, 1979). Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1704; Visited on: 8/27/2014
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