Immigration

Migrant Labor in the Twentieth Century

“Seasonal workers came from a variety of locations. Some came from within the United States, including Native Americans from a number of local tribes. Thousands came from Texas and Mexico, working their way across the United States and picking a variety of crops as they came in season. Entire families were often employed, and pickers were paid by the pail, with the average worker picking 20-30 pails per day.”

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A migrant worker family in a Door County cherry orchard. Image courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Image ID: 48938.
A migrant worker family in a Door County cherry orchard. Image courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Image ID: 48938.