The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 81, July 1977 - April, 1978 Page: 154
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and Norman Thomas organized the Southern Tenant Farmers Union
and brought the plight of the sharecropper to the nation's attention
with the help of kindred spirits like Paul S. Taylor, Dorothea Lange,
John Steinbeck, James Agee, Carey McWilliams, and Maury Maverick.
But the rediscovery of the tenant problem came too late to save the
renters and their families who were "tractored out" during the De-
pression, forced out of the dust bowl and onto Route 66, which was
supposed to take them to a new promised land in California.56
56C. L. Sonnichsen, "The Sharecropper Novel in the Southwest," Agricultural History,
XLII (April, 1969), 250-253. On Mitchell, Thomas, and the Socialist-led sharecropper move-
ment of the Southwest, see Howard Kester, Revolt Among the Sharecroppers (New York,
1936); Donald H. Grubbs, Cry from the Cotton: The Southern Tenant Farmers' Union and
the New Deal (Chapel Hill, 1971). Also see Dorothea Lange and Paul Schuster Taylor, An
American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion in the Thirties (New Haven, Connecticut,
1969); Carey McWilliams, Ill Fares the Land: Migrants and Migratory Labor in the United
States (Boston, 1942); Maury Maverick, A Maverick American (New York, 1937); Walter J.
Stein, California and the Dust Bowl Migration (Westport, Connecticut, 1973), 22, 23 (quo-
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