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[Nixon With Grapes]
Maker: Artist Unknown
Date Made: Circa 1969
Place Made: United States
Measurements: 38.3 cm x 24 cm; 15 1/16 in x 9 7/16 in
Main Subject: United Farm Workers; Richard M. Nixon
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Acquisition Number: 1994-090
Richard M. Nixon's support of agribusiness has a long history. In 1948, as Congressman from California, he signed a report which purposely misrepresented the conditions among farm workers and which was then used to oppose the strike led by the National Farm Labor Union (NFLU) against the DiGiorgio Corporation. This report was instrumental in breaking the strike. Nixon was heavily indebted to the large growers for his 1968 presidential victory, and repaid them in many ways. He sponsored legislation which would outlaw secondary boycotts by farm workers (see Proposition 22). He got the NLRB to bring action against the UFW in their boycott against the Schenley Corporation. The Nixon administration persuaded the Teamsters and the growers to cooperate in the war against the UFW.
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