In the Fields of the North / En los campos del norte with David Bacon

In this landmark work of photo-journalism, activist and photographer David Bacon documents the experiences of some of the hardest-working and most disenfranchised laborers in the country: the farmworkers who are responsible for making California “America’s breadbasket.” Combining haunting photographs with the voices of migrant farmworkers, Bacon offers three-dimensional portraits of laborers living under tarps, in trailer camps, and between countries, following jobs that last only for the harvesting season. He uncovers the inherent abuse in the labor contractor work system, and drives home the almost feudal nature of laboring in America’s fields.
 
Told in both English and Spanish, these are the stories of farmworkers exposed to extreme weather and pesticides, injured from years of working bent over for hours at a time, and treated as cheap labor. The stories in this book remind us that the food that appears on our dinner tables is the result of back-breaking labor, rampant exploitation, and powerful resilience.   

David Bacon is a photojournalist, author, political activist, and union organizer. He is the author of The Children of NAFTA, Communities Without Borders, Illegal People, and The Right to Stay Home. 

Event date: 
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Event address: 
2430 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
In the Fields of the North/En Los Campos del Norte Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780520296077
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of California Press - May 23rd, 2017