Recommended Readings

Many of the reading materials listed are available for use at the SAF Resource Library in the Center for Documentary Studies during office hours. To view an item, please email or call the SAF office to check availability of the item you wish to view. Materials can be used for presentations, research papers, or other educational activities. In addition, SAF houses a collection of our documentary materials and organizational documents in Duke University's Archive for Human Rights which can be accessed by contacting the Archive.

Materials by Topic

Agriculture | Education | Literature & Theater | Community & Labor Organizing | Immigration & Globalization | Primary Source Materials


After the Harvest: The Plight of Older Farmworkers | American Association of Retired Persons | 1990

Big Sugar: Seasons in the Cane Fields of Florida | Wilkinson, Alec | Random House, New York, NY| 1989

Corporate Reapers: The Book of Agribusiness | Krebs, A.V. | 1992 (SAF)

Dark Harvest: Migrant Farmworkers in America | Ashabranner, B. | 1985

Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States | Holmes, Seth M. | Univ. of California Press | 2013

Fruit Tramps: A Family of Migrant Farmworkers | Emmet, H. | 1989

Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic | Gray, Margaret | Univ. of California Press | 2013

Migrants, Sharecroppers, Mountaineers: Volume II of Children of Crisis
Coles, Robert | Atlantic, Little and Brown, New York, NY | 1967

Reflections of a Former Migrant | Judson, Horace | Maryland State Department of Education | Baltimore, Maryland | 1978

Smoke Ring: The Politics of Tobacco | Taylor, Peter | Pantheon Books, New York, NY | 1984

Sweatshops in the Sun | Taylor, Ronald B. | Beacon Press, Boston, MA | 1975

The Agrarian Origins of American Capitalism | Kulikoff, Allan | University Press of Virginia, Charlottsville, VA | 1992

The Human Cost of Food: Farmworkers' Lives, Labor, and Advocacy | Charles D. Thompson, Jr., and Melinda F. Wiggins ed. | University of Texas Press  | 2002

Them Dark Days: Slavery in the American Rice Swamps | Dusinberre, William | Oxford University Press, Cary, NC | 1996

The Fruits of Their Labor: Atlantic Coast Farmworkers and the Making of Migrant Poverty, 1870-1945 | Hahamovitch, Cindy | University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC | 1997

The Shadow of Slavery: Peonage in the South, 1901-1969 | Daniel, Pete | Oxford University Press | Cary, NC | 1973

To the Promised Land | Light, Ken | Aperture Foundation Inc | New York, NY | 1988

"Undocumented Female Labor in the United States Southwest: An Essay on Migration, Consciousness, Oppression and Struggle" In Between Border: Essays on Mexicana/Chicana History | Arguelles, Lourdes | Del Castillo, ed. A.R. Floricanto Press |1990

Voices From the Fields: Children of Migrant Farmworkers Tell Their Stories | Atkin, S, Beth | Little, Brown and Company | New York, NY | 1993

With These Hands | DiPerna, Paul | The Pilgrim Press | Cleveland, OH | 1986

With These Hands: The Hidden World of Migrant Farmworkers Today | Rothenberg, Daniel | Harcourt Brace and Company | New York, NY | 1998


Learning the Possible: Mexican American Students Moving from the Margins of Life to New Ways of Being | Reyes, Reynaldo | Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press | 2013

Scholars in the Field: The Challenges of Migrant Education | Salinas, Cinthia, Ed.; Franquiz, Maria E. (Editors) | AEL, Inc., Charleston, WV | 2004

Immigration & Globalization

Borderlands: La Frontera | Anzaldua, Gloria | Aunt Lute Books, San Francisco, CA | 1987

Diary of an Undocumented Immigrant | Perez, Ramon | Arte Publico Press, Houston TX | 1991

Identidad y Fronteras (Borders and Identity) | Smithsonian Institute, Center for Folklore Programs and Cultural Studies | Washington DC | 1996

Illegal Immigration in America: A Reference Handbook | Haines, David W. (Editor) and Rosenblum, Karen Elaine. (Editor) | Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport CT | 1999

Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants | Bacon, David | Beacon Press | 2008

Shadowed Lives: Undocumented Immigrants in American Society | Chavez, Leo R. | Harcourt Brace College Publishers, New York, NY | 1998

Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System | Patel, Raj | Melville House Publishing |2008

The Children of NAFTA:Labor Wars on the U.S./Mexico Border |
Bacon, David | University of California Press | 2004

The Handbook of International Migration: The American Experience | Hirschman, Charles. (Editor), Dewind, Josh. (Editor) and Kasinitz, Philip. (Editor) | Russell Sage Foundation | 1999

The Cost of Your $hirt | Swenson, Mary | Resource Center of the Americas | 1997

Women Working the NAFTA Food Chain: Women, Food & Globalization | Barndt, Deborah (editor) | Published by Second Story Press | Toronto | 1999

Literature & Theater

Luis Valdez Early Works: Actos, Bernabe and Pensamiento Serpentino | Valdez, Luis | Arte Publico Pr | 1990

Cajas De Carton/ The Circuit: Stories From the Life of a Migrant Child |
Jimenez, Francisco | Sandpiper | 2002

Slammin' Tar | Foster, Cecil | Published by Random House of Canada Ltd. | Toronto | 1998

Theater of the Oppressed | Boal, Augusto | Theatre Communications Group | 1993

This Migrant Earth | Rivera, Tomas | Arte Publico Press | Houston TX | 1987

Tomas Rivera: The Complete Works | Rivera, Tomas |  Arte Publico Press, | Houston TX | 1992

...Y no se lo trago la tierra (...And The Earth Did Not Devour Him) | Rivera, Tomas | Arte Publcio Press | Houston TX | 1992

Community & Labor Organizing

A Long Time Coming: The Struggle to Unionize America's Farm Workers | Meister, Dick and Loftis, Ann MacMillan | New York, NY | 1977

Basta! Land and the Zapatista Rebellion in Chiapas | Collier, George | Institute for Food Development Policy, Oakland, CA | 1994

Bitter Harvest: A History of California Farmworkers, 1870-1941 | Daniel, Cletus E. | Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY |1981

Cesar Chavez: Autobiography of La Causa | Levy, Jacques | Norton, New York, NY | 1975

Chicano: The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement | Rosales, Arturo F. | Arte Publico Press, Houston TX | 1997

Dolores Huerta: Woman, Organizer, and Symbol In California History, vol. 72, no. 1 | Garcia, Richard A. | 1993

Factories in the Field: The Story of Migratory Farm Labor in California | McWilliams, Carey | Archon Books, Hamden, CT | 1969 (c1939)

Forged Under The Sun: The Life of Maria Elena Lucas | Buss, Ran Leeper (ed.) | The University of Michigan Press, East Lansing, MI | 1993

Farmworker's Friend: The Story of Cesar Chavez | Collins, David R. | Carolrhoda Books Inc, Minneapolis, MN | 1996

Frontier College Letters: 100 Years of Teaching, Learning & Nation Building | Krotz, Larry, with Erica Martin & Philip Hernandez

Hired Hands and Plowboys: Farm Labor in the Midwest, 1815-1860 | Schob, David | University of Illinois Press, Champaign IL | 1975

The Maya of Morganton: Work and Community in the Nuevo New South | Fink, Leon | University of North Carolina Press | 2003

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Faith and Empowerment Among Mexican-American Women | Rodriguez, Jeannette | University of Texas Press | 1994

Sal Si Puedes: Cesar Chavez and the New American Revolution | Matthiessen, Peter | Random House, New York, NY | 1969

Spiders in the House and Workers in the Field | Galarza, Ernesto | University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame, IN | 1970

The Populist Moment: A Short History of the Agrarian Revolt in America | Goodwyn, Lawrence | Oxford University Press, Cary NC | 1978

"To Hell with Good Intentions." In Combining Service and Learning: Cross Cultural Learning | Illich, Ivan | National Society for Internships and Experiential Education. Kendall, Jane, ed. | 1968

Tobacco and Slaves: The Development of Southern Cultures in the Chesapeake, 1680-1800 | Kulikoff, Allan | University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC | 1988

The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Movement | Ferriss, Susan, Sandoval, Ricardo and Hembree, Diana. (Editor) | Harcourt Brace, New York, NY | 1998

The Farm Labor Movement in the Midwest: Social Change and Adaption Among Migrant Farmworkers | Barger, W,K and Reza M, Ernesto | University of Texas Press, Austin TX | 1994

"Traditional And Nontraditional Patterns of Female Activism in the United Farm Workers of America, 1962-1980." In Frontiers. Vol. XI, No. 1 | Rose, Margaret | 1990

"White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" | McIntosh, Peggy | Peace and Freedom | July/August 1989

"Why 'Servanthood' is Bad" In The Other Side Vol. 25 No. 1 | McKnight, John | Jan/Feb. 1989

Primary Source Materials

Behind the Veil: Documenting African American History in the Jim Crow South | Oral History/Duke SCL

Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920 (American Crossroads) | Ortiz, Paul | University of California Press | 2006

Fed Up: The High Costs of Cheap Food | Slongwhite, Dale Finley | University Press of Florida | 2014

"Labor Unionism in American Agriculture" | Bureau of Labor Statistics Bulletin #386 | 1945

Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South | Chafe, W., Gavins, R., Korstad, R., Ortiz, P. | New Press | 2008

Southern Tenant Farmers Union Papers (Microfilm) Perkins Microforms/ UNC WPA Papers, UNC Southern History Collection