II-"Migrant Pay $4.32 a Day In Florida Tomato Field" - Dale Wright - New York Telegram and Sun

II-"Migrant Pay $4.32 a Day In Florida Tomato Field" - Dale Wright - New York Telegram and Sun

by: Dale Wright | publication date: October 11, 1961 | Publication: New York World-Telegram and Sun | pages: 1, 29

On a warm, humid morning last April, a rickety old bus jolted along at its top speed between rows of carefully manicured estates along route 1 from Miami south to Homestead, Fla.  Although the vehicle had seats for 35 persons, it was crammed with 64 passengers.  I was one of them.  I was on my way to my first day of work as a migrant farm laborer in the lush tomato fields of southern Dade County.  I had shaped up (reported for assignment) earlier that morning on a Miami street corner and was hired - with no questions asked - by a fat character known as a "labor contractor."  In the South, labor contractors round up crews of workers for transport and assignment to farms where crops are harvested.  

In the context of four migrant worker deaths in a labor farm fire, Dale Wright continues his reporting based on six months undercover as a migrant laborer with this second article in "The Forgotten People" series.

"The Forgotten People..A Report on Migrant Labor" by Dale Wright. Reprinted with the permission of the Estate of Dale Wright, c/o K.E. Wright-King ©1961, New York World-Telegram and Sun.