VII-"Farm Camp Slum, Exposed 8 Years Ago, Is Still Hell" - Dale Wright - New York World Telegram and Sun

VII-"Farm Camp Slum, Exposed 8 Years Ago, Is Still Hell" - Dale Wright - New York World Telegram and Sun

by: Dale Wright | publication date: October 18, 1961 | Publication: New York World-Telegram and Sun | pages: 33, 42

The great dream of many migrant farm workers, born and reared in a shack in the South, is to go North to the land of plenty - to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  On his first trip "of the season," the migrant finds that dream quickly shattered.  I, too, was a dreamer when I went into the fields in Delaware, New Jersey and eastern Long Island.  I found that unlike that South, there were indeed a few laws aimed at protecting the rights of the itinerant harvester.  But the truth is that these laws are so scant and so haphazardly enforced that they have little effect.  

The seventh installment of 'The Forgotten People' series. Dale Wright moves undercover as a migrant worker to New Jersey and Long Island, and looks at the lax enforcement of protective labor laws.

New York World-Telegram and Sun, permission granted.