V-"Speed-Up Forces Migrants to Quit Job Before Payday" - Dale Wright - New York World Telegram and Sun

V-"Speed-Up Forces Migrants to Quit Job Before Payday" - Dale Wright - New York World Telegram and Sun

by: Dale Wright | publication date: October 16, 1961 | Publication: New York World-Telegram and Sun | pages: 23, 25

What's it like working in a potato harvest? It's monotonous, brutal, strength-sapping labor.  Toiling and sweating in the long potato rows, filling 100-pound sacks under the blazing sun, tries any man's endurance.  But working in a potato grading shed was even worse.  In my travels as a migrant laborer, I found myself in the Florida town of Hastings. With 20 other workers, I had arrived there one morning last April in a bus. By early afternoon I was pushing a hand truck for Florida Planters, Inc.  

The fifth installment of 'The Forgotten People' series. Speed-ups and child labor were parts of daily life for the migrant workers Dale Wright encountered in his six-month undercover stint as a laborer.

"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.