I found these articles and studies on the impact of deportation and uncertainty on children of migrant workers very helpful:
"The Lost Children" by Margaret Talbot, THE NEW YORKER, March 3, 2008, newyorker.com.
"Paying the Price: The Impact of Immigration Raids on America's Children," a study done by the Urban Institute, October 31, 2007, available at urban.org.
Other great articles I found very useful:
"The Shame of Postville, Iowa," NEW YORK TIMES, July 13, 2008, which provides a link to the eye-opening essay by essay by Erik Camayd-Freixas, who was involved as a translator for ICE after the raid of Agriprocessors, Inc., in Iowa, nytimes.com.
"Exodus" by Charles Bowden and Julian Cardona in ORION, July/August 2008, orionmagazine.org.
"Promises of El Norte," in A COMMON PLACE, November/December 2006, publication of the Mennonite Central Committee, this whole issue was devoted to Mexican immigration, mcc.org.
"Field Notes," by David Hassler, photos by Gary Harwood, THE SUN, November 2006, thesunmagazine.org.
"Mexicans in America," by Richard Rodríguez, lead essay in Cato Unbound, August 14, 2006, cato-unbound.org.
For further reading/viewing:
Books on farming:
Kingsolver, Barbara, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (New York: HarperCollins, 2007).
Pistorius, Alan, Cutting Hill: A Chronicle of a Family Farm (New York: Alfred A.Knopf, 1990).
Pollan, Michael, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (New York: Penguin Press, 2006).
Price Graff, Nancy, The Strength of the Hills: A Portrait of a Family Farm (New York: Little Brown, 1989)
Smith, Nicola, Harvest: A Year in the Life of an Organic Farm (Guilford, CT.: The Lyons Press, 2004).
Conover, Ted, Coyotes: A Journey Through the Secret World of America's Illegal Aliens (New York: Vintage Books, 1987).
Gill, Hannah, Going to Carolina del Norte: Narrating Mexican Migrant Experiences (Chapel Hill: University Center for International Studies, 2006).
Hickey, Maeve, and Lawrence Taylor, Tunnel Kids (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2001).
Nazario, Sonia, Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother (New York: Random House, 2006).
Martínez, Rúben, Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2001).
Pérez, Ramón "Tianguis," Diary of an Undocumented Immigrant (Houston: Arte Publico Press, 1991).
Urrea, Luis Alberto, The Devil's Highway (New York: Little, Brown, 2004).
Books for young readers that address immigration issues:
Atkin, S. Beth, Voices from the Fields: Children of Migrant Farmworkers Tell Their Stories (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1993). Jaramillo, Ann, La Línea (New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2006).
Will Hobbs, Crossing the Wire (New York: Harper Collins, 2007).
Jiménez, Francisco, Breaking Through (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001).
Jiménez, Francisco, The Circuit (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1997).
Muñoz Ryan, Pam, Esperanza Rising (New York: Scholastic Press, 2000).
Videos & Films
Troubled Harvest: four-part series: the people, the market, the tools, the future.
Measured Furrows: Vermont's farming history: A production of Vermont ETV; producer, Enzo DiMaio; associate producer, Chris Sariego; director, Neil Hilt; writer, Nancy Price Graff.
Where The Milk Comes From: East Hardwick, VT, TopView Productions, c1994.
Let's Go To The Farm: written by Mac Parker; produced & directed by Ed Dooley. Vergennes, VT: Vermont Story Works, c1994. Great for young viewers.
Under the Cloak of Darkness: by Bjorn Jackson (2008), a feature-length documentary about the plight of Mexican workers and Vermont farmers right here in my county. This film introduces many of the workers and farmers who directly inspired RETURN TO SENDER, bjornjackson.com.
el Norte, directed by Gregory Nava (1984)
The Visitor, Thomas McCarthy (2007)
Under the Same Moon, Patricia Riggen (2007)
Anyone wanting to hear the song "La Golondrina," which is alluded to often in the novel, can buy it for 99 cents. I love the version by Caetano Veloso on his CD FINA ESTAMPA.
I also love the song "Who's Going to Build Your Wall" by Tom Russell, great lyrics, makes you want to get up and march in support of immigrant rights. You can buy the song for 99 cents or listen to him on YouTube: Cambridge Folk Fest, 2006 & a music video featuring the photography of David Burckhalter.
Caleb Kenna's images of migrant workers and their families here on Vermont Farms will help readers visit with the folks who were an inspiration to me. These photos along with testimonies collected by Chris Urban were exhibited at the Vermont Folklife Center, "The Golden Cage: Mexican Migrant Workers and Vermont Dairy Farmers." Look through the photographs and listen to the interviews at goldencageproject.org. For an overview of the show, check out the 5 minute audio slide show.
a farmer's son and a migrant worker's son playing together in the field
Mexican mamá milking with baby
Web-based teaching resources:
This information was provided by Carolyn Shapiro.
Teachable Moment website presents free, timely topical activities and lesson plans for the K - 12 classroom offered by the nonprofit Educators for Social Responsibility. These include:
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