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Farm Labor Conditions

(see also Farm Workers' Movements, Corporate Farming, Mexico-US Border, Food Poisoning)

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On the Web: Articles

The Ethics of Eating. Rich Heffern, National Catholic Reporter (5/24/02).

Movement History: Filipinos Build a Movement for Justice in the Asparagus Fields. Larry Salomon, Third Force 2,4 (10/31/94):30.

A Short History of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC).

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC).

Farmworkers' Self-Help.

Northwest Tree Planters & Farmworkers United.

Rural Coalition.

Sin Fronteras Organizing Project.

Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP).

United Farm Workers (UFW).

In the Library: Articles

Bardacke, Frank. "Cesar's ghost: decline & fall of the UFW," Nation (7/26/93):130-35.

Bowe, John. "Nobodies," New Yorker (4/21-28/03):106-133. Farm workers in Florida.

Gordon, Robert. "Poisons in the fields: the United Farm Workers, pesticides, & environmental politics," Pacific Historical Review 68 (1999):51-77.

Grove, Wayne A. "The Mexican Farm Labor Program, 1942-1964: government-administered labor market insurance for farmers," Agricultural History 70 (spr 96):302-20.

Guyette, Curt. "Migrant slums," SN&R (9/16/93):18-20.

Hawley, Ellis W. "The politics of the Mexican labor issue, 1950-1965," Agricultural History 40 (1966):157-76.

Taylor, Paul S. "Handlaborers in the Western sugarbeet industry," Agricultural History 41,1 (1/67):31-36.

__________. "California farm labor: a review," Agricultural History 42,1 (2/68):49-55.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Labor & social conditions of Mexicans in California," Monthly Labor Review 32 (1/31).

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Calvo Buesas, Tomás. Los más pobres en el país más rico: clase, raza y etnia en el movimiento campesino chicano (Madrid: Encuentro, 1981).

Ferriss, Susan & Ricardo Sandoval. The Fight in the Fields: Caesar Chavez & the Farmworkers Movement (Orlando FL: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1997).

Galarza, Ernesto. Farm Workers & Agribusiness in California, 1947-1960 (Notre Dame, 1977).

Gray, James. The ACLU of Southern California & the Imperial Valley Agricultural Labor Disturbances in 1930 & 1934 (San Francisco, 1977).

Griffith, David Craig. Working Poor: Farmworkers in the US (Philadelphia: Temple, 1995).

Griswold del Castillo, Richard & Richard A. García. Cesar Chávez: A Triumph of Spirit (Norman: U. of Oklahoma, 1995).

Guerin-Gonzales, Camille. Mexican Workers & American Dreams: Immigration, Repatriation & California Farm Labor, 1900-1939 (New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers, 1994).

Guilbault, Rose Castillo. Farmworker's Daughter: Growing Up Mexican in America (?: Heyday, 2005).

Kushner, Sam. Long Road to Delano (NY: International, 1975).

McWilliams, Carey. Factories in the Field: The Story of Migratory Farm Labor in California (Bostn: Little, Brown, 1939; several subsequent editions & Berkeley: U. California, 2000).

__________. Ill Fares the Land: Migrants & Migratory Labor in the US (Boston: Little, Brown, 1942; several subsequent editions).

Meador, Bruce Staffel. "Wetback" Labor in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (San Francisco: R&E Research Associates, 1973).

Reisler, Mark. By the Sweat of their Brow: Mexican Immigrant Labor in the US, 1900-1940 (Westport CT, 1976).vt1

Taylor, Ronald B. Sweatshops in the Sun: Child Labor on the Farm (Boston, 1973).

In the Library: Fiction

Barrio, Raymundo. The Plum Plum Pickers (Binghamton NY: Bilingual, 1971).

Jiménez, Francisco. The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (Albuquerque: U. of New Mexico, 1997).

Rivera, Tomás. Y no se lo tragó la tierra/And the Earth Did Not Devour Him (Houston: Arte Público, 1987).

__________. The Harvest: Short Stories (Houston: Arte Público, 1988).

Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath (NY: Viking, 1939).

Viramontes, Helena María. Under the Feet of Jesus (NY: Penguin, 1995).

In the Library: For Young Readers

Jiménez, Francisco. Breaking Through (Senderos fronterizos) (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001).

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"Earth to Mouth" [2000], dir. Yung Chang, 42m. Mexican farm workers on Chinese truck farm in Ontario.

"The Grapes of Wrath" [1940], dir. John Ford, 128m. In video stores.

"Harvest of Shame" [1960], dir. ?, 54m. Edward R. Murrow TV special on farm labor conditions.

"The Migrants" [1973], dir. Tom Gries, 83m. In video stores.

"Voices from the Fields" [1997], dir. U. Nilsen & S. Jaramillo, 45m. From Cinema Guild. Follows farmworkers from CA's Salinas Valley back to homes in rural Mexico, where life is hard because of NAFTA & globalization of agriculture. Efforts to develop sustainable agricultural model based on people, not profits.

"The Wetback (El mojado)" [1974], dir. Danny Lyon, 14m. From Bleak Beauty Video.

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