Migrant Earth. By Ramón Mesa Ledesma. (COPY)
Migrant Earth

Migrant Earth. By Ramón Mesa Ledesma. (COPY)

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Latino immigration


Hispanic agricultural labor


Mexican American poetry

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Mexican American biography

Migrant Earth. By Ramón Mesa Ledesma. ISBN:13: . $22.95

Migrant Earth very eloquently documents the travels and travails of a family of Mexican migrant workers as they wander the Western United States in the nineteen forties and fifties. These are poignant tales that paint the life and death struggle of a family living on the periphery of a dominant white culture that simultaneously loathed and needed them. They owned but the clothes on their backs and lived in rat infested, dilapidated agricultural labor camps throughout the Pacific Northwest. They worked from sunup to sundown in pesticide laced fields under scorching, unrelenting summer suns. While wandering the countryside working the fields--white society was too genteel to harvest--they dreamed of better times and the safety of a piece of land they could call home. Ultimately they were able to save enough to purchase a small thirty acre farm in Eastern Washington. But just when the hard life seemed over, his padres divorced and mamá with nine children in tow was sent back on the migrant labor circuit.

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