I watched the CBS Report – 1960: “Harvest of Shame” yesterday and it haunted me all day, especially when I was at the grocery store buying fruits and veggies. A report about a marginalized sector of the population, migrant farm workers – that is still marginalized today. The description below the video:
Watch the entire original broadcast of one of the most celebrated documentaries of all time, 1960′s “Harvest of Shame,” in which Edward R. Murrow exposed the plight of America’s farm workers.
While it is almost an hour-long, it is worth it to watch the entire report. Usually I try to only post video’s that you can just listen to – but this time to get the full impact of the visual pictures – watch if you can.
It’s important to watch because it is history, and this is the era that is touted as the time many wish to turn the clock back too. Specifically in regards to labor laws, workers rights, child labor laws, environmental regulations, and other rights including access to contraception - that didn’t exist back then. Going back isn’t an option. It was also enlightening to see that lobbying existed back then, and the same arguments given.
I am willing to pay higher prices but I don’t believe the workers would reap the benefits.
This morning, I decided to check and see if over time the conditions have improved for migrant farm workers, and in some regards they have, but there is still a long way to go.
I’d like to see CBS do a follow-up report 50+ years later – with as much honesty. I do know they won’t do it with less than 7 minutes of commercials in a hour-long program like they did back in 1960…