Earned Wage Access in HISTORY
In the mid 20th century, many artists and activists saw that workers were being treated unfairly and started proliferating their message through art and more.
Sixteen Tons is a song about worker exploitation written in the 1940s by Merle Travis. It tells the story of a coal miner’s hard life and poverty, of how the American capitalist dream impoverished many.
“You load 16 Tons, what do you get?
Another day older, deeper in debt St. Peter don’t you call, I can’t go I owe my soul to the company store.”
– Merle Travis. 1955