Published by Harcourt Brace on 1998
Genres: Business & Economics, Labor, Migrant agricultural laborers, United States
From Florida to Washington, from California to Maine, farmworkers handpick nearly every vegetable and piece of fruit that lands on our dinner tables. Few of them are protected by the labor laws common to every other American worker. Their pay is often stolen by the people who employ them. In the most extreme cases, their employers have been convicted of actually enslaving them. By letting them tell their stories in their own words and based on over 300 interviews conducted throughout the U.S., "With These Hands" gives us the voices of the men and women who take our food from the ground. In addition, farmers, farm labor contractors, union organizers, government investigators, "coyotes," and many others talk about their roles in the world of the migrant farmworker. No one story, no single truth, can adequately express the farmworker's world; "With These Hands" presents its complexity in vivid and human language.