The Harvesters: The Story of the Migrant People

The Harvesters: The Story of the Migrant People

The Harvesters: The Story of the Migrant People

The Harvesters: The Story of the Migrant People

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The Spanish American workers in industrial agriculture are largely landless people, newcomers or second generation, marginal people with little status, few possessions, and a fair amount of personal and social disorganization.

-- Lyle Saunders, in a speech called "The Spanish- speaking People in Cultural Transition."

In sunshine freighted with the humid sweetness that can dog a Missouri May, a squatting Pablo rocked back on his heels, braced the palms of his hands in the ground behind him, and pondered the curious ways of a man's mood. To be precise, his own mood.

Two strawberry rows away knelt his wife Annunciata, her picking rhythm slower than Pablo's but unbroken by introspection and good for eight quarts an hour at nine cents a quart; in the rows beyond her, his son Juan, his daughter Elena, his son Pedro; to his right and off by herself (he did not turn his head to look but he knew she was there) Dolores his daughter- in-law, Juan's wife, soon to make him the second time a grandfather.

His family surrounded him, as they should. After three . . .

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