How Did Women Needleworkers Influence
New Deal Labor Policies in Puerto Rico?

Abstract

      The implementation of the New Deal's National Industrial Recovery Act in Puerto Rico in 1933 led to conflict in the island's needle trades as workers and employers struggled first over the Code of Fair Competition for the industry and then over wages and working conditions under the National Recovery Administration. This editorial project focuses on developments in Mayaguez, a garment center on Puerto Rico's west coast, where this struggle erupted with particular force.

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