Migrant Sun and Migrant Earth chronicle the arduous and often dangerous journey of a family of migrant
workers of the American Northwest in the twentieth century. The prose, poems and black and white pictures
speak of a family laboring from sun up to sun down in pesticide saturated fields, living in dilapidated,
rat infested labor camps unfit for human habitation.
You can follow them as they make the summer, harvest circuit from the fertile fields in Eastern Washington
State’s Yakima Valley to Western Washington’s Skagit Valley and south to the Willamette Valley in Oregon
and back again. These stories, poignant and touching are reminiscent of James Agee’s seminal 1939 book,
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.
America has always had a love/hate relationship with its migrant workers. The agricultural community of
the nineteenth and twentieth century depended on cheap farm labor and the migrant workers from Mexico,
Central and South America have always been more than willing to provided it. The demanding life of a field
worker in America has always been a better option to the abject poverty and cruel violence they escaped in
their home countries.
These stories are of a journey of hope, sacrifice and hard work that brought a family through dangerous
times to become part of the strong, diverse fabric that has made America the great country it is.
Señor Ledesma has read from his works at middle and high schools, museums, bookstores and libraries. To
schedule a reading, contact him through this webpage, migrantsun.com.