This Day in History

April 3, 1939: Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union

Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Labor, Organizing

On April 3, 1939, the Southern Tenant Farmers Union broke away from a larger union and became a racially integrated workers union. Learn more from the Encyclopedia of Arkansas.

Here is a free downloadable role play, “Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union: Black and White Unite? ” to bring this labor history to the classroom, by Bill Bigelow of Rethinking Schools.

Southern Tenant Farmers' Union

Outdoor meeting of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union 1937. Louise Boyle, Kheel Center Archives