vegetables at the local grocery store may no longer be an automatic
exercise after reading Daniel Rothenbergs new book, With
These Hands: The Hidden World of Migrant Farmworkers Today (Harcourt,
Brace & Company). Rothenberg, AM93, humanizes Americas
produce harvesters through interviews with migrant workers and their
children, contractors, union organizers, doctors, and teachers.
Framed by Rothenbergs analyses, these narratives describe
a world where contractors, as one says, feel that breaking
the law is the only way you can make decent money. Often,
Rothenberg argues, the migrant workers are victims in the hostile
underground harvest economy.
of whom are illegal aliens and arent protected by U.S. labor
lawsspeak of nights spent in chicken coops, working in pesticide-soaked
fields, and even enslavement at the hands of unscrupulous employers.
Championing vulnerable migrant workers, With These Hands chronicles
an invisible class frequently overlooked by those who reap the benefits
of their harvest.M.D.B.