Pecan-Shellers' Strike Documents from Gov. James V. Allred Papers

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Last Updated: 2022-12-19

James V. Allred was Governor of Texas in 1938 when a famous labor movement happened in Texas. As described by the Handbook of Texas, "On January 31, 1938, nearly 12,000 San Antonio pecan shellers, mostly Hispanic women, walked off their jobs." The strike, led initially by Emma B. Tenayuca, lasted for three months and was marked by hundreds of arrests. "At Governor James Allred's urging, the Texas Industrial Commission investigated possible violations of civil rights in San Antonio and found the police interference with the right of peaceful assembly to be unjustified."

The original materials are available in UH Libraries' Special Collections in the Gov. James V. Allred Papers.

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