ERIC Number: ED420466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Fields without Borders: An Anthology of Documentary Writing and Photography by Student Action with Farmworkers' Interns = Campos sin Fronteras: Una Antologia de Obras Escritas y Fotografia por Estudiantes Internos de Accion Estudiantil con Trabajadores Agricolas.
Manly, Libby, Ed.; Okie, Alejandra, Ed.; Wiggins, Melinda, Ed.
In this booklet, essays and poems, presented both in English and in Spanish, portray the feelings, conditions, and economic plight of migrant and seasonal farmworkers in North and South Carolina, often in their own words. A preface describes Student Action with Farmworkers summer internships in which college students spend 10 weeks working with migrant programs and agencies that provide health, educational, and legal services. Interns prepare documentary projects to reflect on their experiences; selected projects are presented in this booklet. Section 1, "If There Were No Poverty, We Would Not Have To Come," focuses on the economic and political reasons for immigrating to the United States and the difficulties of illegal entry. Section 2, "Sunburned Backs and Windswept Faces: The Difficult Labor of Farmwork," differentiates between migrant workers and seasonal laborers and describes the health problems related to poverty and hazardous working conditions. Section 3, "35 Cents a Bucket: The Role of Growers in Agribusiness," discusses farm economics in the United States, migrant workers on small family farms, the crew leader system, and crew conditions in the fields. Section 4, "Bending under the Weight of Her Own Offspring," describes the plight of women and children farmworkers: lack of child care, discrimination in pay, sexual harassment, and educational challenges. Section 5, "Two Work in Textiles, The Third...in a Poultry Plant: Settling-out of the Migrant Stream," looks at the work alternatives for farmworkers in both agriculture and factories and the hazards of such work. Readers are challenged to become aware of, and proactive in, farmworker issues both locally and nationally. Contains agricultural product maps and photographs. (SAS)
Descriptors: Agricultural Laborers, Agriculture, Crew Leaders, Economic Factors, Females, Immigrants, Internship Programs, Migrant Children, Migrant Problems, Migrants, Oral History, Social Problems, Socioeconomic Influences, Student Projects
Student Action with Farmworkers, 1317 West Pettigrew St., Durham, NC 27705 ($18).
Publication Type: Creative Works; Opinion Papers; Multilingual/Bilingual Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Student Action with Farmworkers, Durham, NC.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina; South Carolina