Agricultural tool: lettuce knife


This knife was used to harvest lettuce, cabbage, and cauliflower by agricultural worker Marcos Ruiz. Called stoop labor, the work resulted in debilitating injuries for many agricultural laborers. Another farm worker, Mena Guadalupe, described stoop labor: "Here in California, They did not let us straighten up at all during the day... they did not let us straighten up. I tell you, it's like [we were] slaves."


Division of Work and Industry, National Museum of American History.