With These Hands

The Pilgrim Press
1986 (out of print)

For generations, migrant workers have faced hard labor in horrible working conditions. With These Hands, with an introduction by Cesar Chavez and over 65 duotone images, reveal their plight: the poor conditions, child labor and dilapidated housing conditions. But the book also shows the strength and dignity of these workers and the majestic beauty of America's agricultural lands.

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Child of the Fields
Child of the Fields
Rio Grande Valley, Texas 1979

Grape Picker
Grape Picker
Napa Valley, California 1984

Migrant Family
Migrant Family on the Road
Immokalee, Florida 1982

Ladders
Two Ladders at Dusk, Pear Orchard
Hood River, Oregon 1980

Onion Picker
Onion Picker
Rio Grande Valley, Texas 1979

Break in the Fields
Break in the Fields
Rio Grande Valley, Texas 1979

 

Mother and Child
Mother and Child in the Fields
Yakima Valley, Washington 1982

 

All photographs ©1999 Ken Light
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