How Did Mexican Working Women Assert Their Labor and
Constitutional Rights in the 1938 San Antonio Pecan Shellers Strike?


      In the depths of the Great Depression Mexican and Mexican American women went on strike in San Antonio in 1938 opposing cuts in piece wages that threatened starvation. The city government sided with pecan operators, repressing the strike ruthlessly by denying strikers the right to assemble or picket peacefully. Middle-class support and public exposure created pressure on the operators and contributed to a compromise settlement.


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