“In Dubious Battle”,Mac laughed explosively. “Anybody who wants a living wage is a radical.”
“Grapes of Wrath”
Tom Joad gets work digging a ditch with Wilkie and Timothy.
When Tom asks “What the hell is these reds anyway?”
“Fella named Hines-got about thirty acres…all a time talkin’ about
them goddamn reds…well, they were a young fella jus’ come out west
here, an’ he’s listenin’ one day. He kinda scratched his head an’ he
says, Mr Hines, I ain’t been here long. What is these goddamn reds?
Well, sir, Hines says, A red is any son-of-a-bitch that wants thirty
cents an hour when we’re paying twenty-five.”