When CWA began operations last year, an able-bodied Negro in Georgia could be hired to tend a flower garden for about 50¢ per day. When CWA began hiring unskilled workers at 40¢ per hour, the supply of cheap labor available for private employers dwindled alarmingly. Georgia's Governor Talmadge complained first about Government competition, then wailed that no Government officials would listen to him. FERAdministrator Harry Hopkins impatiently snapped: "All that guy is after is headlines. . . . Some people just can't stand to see others making a living wage." When Governor Talmadge kept on squawking, Administrator Hopkins humiliated...

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