The Adventures of Migrant Workers

Eboni Laurie

Migrant Workers Today

Today, migrant farmworkers still suffer mortality and morbidity rates greater than the majority of the American population. This is due to the combination of poverty, limited access to health care, and hazardous working conditions. In fact, farmwork is listed as the second most dangerous occupation in the United States behind mining.
Mexican migrant workers are permitted entry only to aid in the harvesting process. Most remain at the bottom of the social ladder of achievement, living in impoverished conditions. Although some have succeeded in forming labor unions to better their situation
Chinese migrant workers work on a recently demolished international restaurant and bar street in Beijing on June 22, 2009. Beijing has deemed some of the city's nightspots unsafe.

Migrant workers During the Great Depression

Many of the migrant workers were racial and ethnic minorities and they always worked for extremely low wages and lived in horrible conditions. Many migrant workers were not provided with shelter. They had to search for their own shelters which would usually be in abandoned farm houses or small cabins. These shelters consisted of torn screens, broken windows, leaky roofs, and missing doors. Often viewed as racial and class outcasts, migrant workers were shunned by the local communities.
A migrant worker and her family in Nipomo, California during the Great Depression in March 1936. Lange wanted to bring to public attention the homeless and migrant workers who were the hardest hit from the economic downturn. She lived with the migrants and used their words to caption her photos. This approach was so successful that California established camps for the workers.

Migrant agricultural worker near Holtville, California, 1937, photo by Dorothea Lange. The dream of land ownership and escape from economic hardship drew many migrant workers to California during the 1930s.

Works Cited

Migrant Workers in California video -

"Migrant worker and her children during the Great Depression." Image - Library of Congress. American History. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 12 Mar. 2014.

"Migrant worker in California." Image. Library of Congress. American History. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 12 Mar. 2014.

Migrant workers in the great depression -

MAPES, KATHY. "Migratory Workers." Encyclopedia of the Great Depression. Ed. Robert S. McElvaine. Vol. 2. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004. 629-633. U.S. History in Context. Web. 19 Mar. 2014. Document URL

Migrant Workers Today -

Chinese Migrant workers -

"Migrant Laborers Work On Demolition Site In Beijing." UPI Photo Collection. 2009. Business Economics and Theory Collection. Web. 20 Mar. 2014.

Document URL

Mexican Migrant Workers -

"Mexican Migrant Workers." Civil Rights in America. Woodbridge, CT: Primary Source Media, 2010. American Journey. U.S. History in Context. Web. 20 Mar. 2014.

Document URL migrant workers&prodId=UHIC&windowstate=normal&mode=view&limiter=AC y&displayGroupName=Images&currPage=1&displayGroups=Images&sortBy=relevance%2Cdescending&p=UHIC%3AWHIC&action=e&catId=&view=docDisplay&documentId=GALE%7CEJ2210017130&source=Bookmark&u=midd82464&jsid=5d04e3ef0bd98d77efdfa00fcc41f4ee