Dale Wright's "They Harvest Despair: The Migrant Farm Worker"

Dale Wright's "They Harvest Despair: The Migrant Farm Worker"

Author: 
Dale Wright

From the book jacket: ". . . This is the life of America's migrant farm worker -- a life which Dale Wright, as a staff writer for the New York World Telegram & Sun, shared off and on during a period of six months, and which he chronicles in this book. He followed the path of the Atlantic Seaboard worker -- gathering Florida's tomatoes and South Carolina's snap beans, scratching potatoes out of New Jersey's dirt with his fingers, sharing the tinderbox shanties where the migrants lived along the Atlantic Coast . . . "

Book Excerpt: 
"Red stood erect beside me in the long row. Before him stretched a mile and a half of tomatoes yet to be gathered. Behind him, reaching back to the bordering pine trees, lay another mile and a half already picked clean. It was the 'last pick' of the fields and the vegetables were red ripe and rotting on the vines. Gnats and flies and other assorted arthropoda buzzed around the spoiling tomatoes and got in the way. Keeping the bugs away from your face and out of your eyes was an irksome, wearying task. . . "
Year of Publication: 
Fri, 1965-01-01
Rights Information: 
"They Harvest Despair: The Migrant Farm Worker" by Dale Wright. Reprint with the permission of the Estate of Dale Wright, c/o K.E. Wright-King ©1965, Beacon Press.
City of Publication: 
Boston
Book Publisher: 
Beacon Press