"The American families living under these conditions may have been farm owners a few years ago, or respectable farm tenants. They now have no stability whatever. The children have never known anything but squalor. They attend school so irregularly that many of them never get beyond first grade."
From: "Children in the Everglades." The Child. December 1946, Vol. 11, no. 6, pg. 100. In: Consumers' League of New York City. Records, 1896-1962. #5307, Box 27, Folder 9
"When we take into account the numbers of school age children in the migratory movement (at least 100,000) and the fact that the services of migratory workers are essential to our national economy, we become increasingly aware that America cannot afford the loss of such potential energies. How can we expect children to develop proper attitudes and responsibilities toward America, when they grow up under such adverse conditions, feel dejected and insecure, and receive such inadequate educational training?"
From: Migratory Labor Notes, July - September 1959, no. 10, pg. 3. In: Consumers' League of New York City. Records, 1896-1962. #5307, Box 27, Folder 2.
Louise Boyle’s 1937 photographs document the daily life of tenant farm families in 1937
Louise Boyle, Photographer. [Source: Southern Tenant Farmers