Date of Award

Fall 1968

Document Type



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Weldon Vogt


In a recent report to a subcommittee of the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare of the United States Senate, Father John A. Wagner made an apt comparison of Texas migrant workers and "tumble weeds that roll helter-skelter,... in search of that constantly eluding hope that they will have a chance to make enough to keep their families alive." Much of the migrant farm labor in the United States make their winter quarters in sunny Florida. By May they are moving out to follow crops and get "on the season." They travel to South Carolina, and on up to New York, maybe as far as Maine before returning to Florida in October. However, thousands of migrants, the vast majority of them, stay in southern Texas and the largest stream of workers flow out of the Rio Grande Valley into the western, northwestern and central sections of our nation in the early spring.



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