American, Filipino and Mexican men, women and children work in farm fields, United States. Migrant farmers seeking work.
United States USA Date:1941 Duration:4 min 36 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. Department of Agriculture documentary depicts how rural America used machines to achieve production at a terrible cost to the land and people including erosion and poverty. Clouds over barren and parched land. Expansive views of open western plains and distant mountains. Some cactus plants in undeveloped wide open areas in Arizona. A steam engine locomotive pulls a train in the distance. Hills, cattle graze. Elevated view of a man made Theodore Roosevelt Lake reservoir and the Theodore Roosevelt dam that created it, northeast of Phoenix Arizona. Farms, fields, trees and vegetation. Migrant farmers in overloaded cars and heavily loaded automobiles on a dirt road. A parked trailer. A loaded wagon attached to the car. Boxes of fruits and vegetables including lemons, sweet potatoes and oranges at very low prices. Children of migrant farmers playing together and milling about. Groups of migrant worker farmers looking for work and competing for work in Arizona with four crops a year due to warm conditions and water from dams. Cars with variety of western United States 1939 license plates. Filipino and Mexican immigrant farmers pick fruits and vegetables (lettuce) on a farm. Men work on an irrigated field. Narrator states that Filipino and Mexicans have the jobs because they are strong. They pick and load lettuce into trucks on a lettuce field. Men work at sheds at packing machines to pack the lettuce. Trucks loaded in the field. Mexican border on Rio Grande river valley: Men, women and children work in a field. Most are Mexican. They pick fruits and vegetables and load them into buckets and containers. A man supervises the workers. Women workers pick and sort produce on a field. A man with a loaded horse wagon. Men lift boxes of produce. Migrants work in a field.
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