Gallery: American Farm Workers

Above: Tobacco farming and curing 3, American South, c 1963

I want to be with people who submerge

in the task, who go into the fields to harvest

and work in a row and pass the bags along,

who are not parlor generals and field deserters

but move in a common rhythm

when the food must come in or the fire be put out.

from “To Be of Use” by Marge Piercy