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The IWW's Agricultural Workers Organization
by Jesse Heckman

 

THE HARVEST HAND

“The harvest drive is on again,

John Farmer needs a lot of men;

to work beneath the Kansas heat,

and shock and stack and thresh his wheat.”

Harvest Land , by T.D. and H, from the Little Red Song Book

"The closest the IWW ever came to ironing out its internal divisions came via the organization of the harvest workers in the Midwest . In just a few short years the AWO was able to organize thousands upon thousands of workers into relativity stable units that could win concessions on the job. The AWO did most of its organizing against great historical odds. While the AWO did not succeed in its mandate of organizing all harvest workers into one big union, it is important to know how close it came."

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