Ten Press Photos of Caribbean Farm Workers, 1940s.
Note: In the midst of World War II, while much of the American workforce had been transferred to the military or to industries essential for the war, the United States still needed to be able to produce enough food to support its population and military. Recognizing this, the U.S. government negotiated with several nations, including Mexico and the Bahamas, for agricultural workers. Known as "the Contract," between 1945-1965 this agreement attracted about 30,000 Bahamian workers to American agricultural regions and, in the process, transformed both Bahamian society and many American towns and counties. The predominately male workers signed short-term contracts and often lived in military-style barracks.
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