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Sanora Babb

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Heather Attanasio

on 8 October 2014

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Sanora Babb
Sanora Babb with CIO organizer, in California. This is how she got into writing books.
Sanora and her boss, Tom Collins, are helping hang laundry at a farmers' camp
Sanora and her husband James Wong Howe with their dog.
Cover of Sanora's book whose names are unknown
Sanora Babb as a young child in Garden City, KS, 1925
Excerpt from Whose names are Unknown
pp. 201-202

"They had come not to think of the rest of the world as the outside, because they had lost all the things that connected them with other people. Well, almost all the things. They still had to work, which made a link between them and the outside- but people who hired them wanted them to feel they were not needed. They all knew if they ever believed this, they would be lost, because not to be needed is to be isolated, displaced and drying up, a dead root. If they looked at the fields they knew this was untrue. The cotton was standing in the fields unpicked. And four hundred people could not pick it all before the fogs started rolling in at night from the pacific, making it damp. Already the cotton was a little damp in the early morning before the sun warmed it, and workers could not pick as much as when it was dry and came fluffily into their quick hands. In a little while, if they did not give up and go back to work for seventy- five cents , the company would round up some hungry people in another place and bring them in trucks with guards, and the guards, would have guns."

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