U.S. At War: How Not to Get Workers

Samuel Freedman, who runs a scrap business in Newark, could hardly be expected to know what Georgia farmers are thinking. But Samuel Freedman did know that he was short of workers: he wanted to increase his hired hands from 50 to 70. When Floyd Weaver, one of his Negro foremen, suggested a recruiting trip to Georgia, Samuel Freedman was all for it.

If Floyd Weaver had kept his ear to the ground he might have heard Georgia cotton and peanut farmers grumbling: one time farm workers were making $5, $6, $7 a day, and more, at war plants; long-opened cotton was standing...

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