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short-handled hoe

Worked Over

The long tale of the short-handled hoe

A historic battle over workers’ rights in California started over a simple tool: the short-handled hoe. Known as a “cortito” in Spanish, this short hoe became a symbol of cruelty, oppression and literally back-breaking labor until a lawyer in the early 1970s was able to bring the issue to the state Supreme Court.

Jul 4, 2015