LABOR: Battle of Consciences

Conscientious Labor Secretary James Mitchell works hard at trying to be a good Republican shepherd to all U.S. workingmen. With prosperity and union organization, most of his flock live fat in the fold—but he worries over one nagging exception. Wandering up and down the nation's agricultural circuits, from California to Washington, Texas to Michigan, and Florida to New York, more than 500,000 migrant farm workers, following trails of seasonal planting and harvesting, work and live in scrabbling poverty which Mitchell calls a "national disgrace": average earnings in 1957 of $892, hourly wages as low as 16¢, flagrant violations of child-labor...

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