05 December 2015
By Nerissa Young
The Register-Herald (WV)
Edward R. Murrow
made television history when his landmark documentary “Harvest of Shame”
aired during Thanksgiving more than 50 years ago. It chronicled the
plight of migrant farm workers — unemployed veterans who had returned
from war, impoverished black Americans and desperate Mexicans.
showed how the system had failed some of the most vulnerable people in
America and pitted out-of-work Americans against “outsider” Mexicans who
were just as impoverished.
who watches that film today would see that little has changed for the
groups chronicled in it. Maybe its timelessness is the mark of good
journalism. Its accuracy today is definitely the mark of poor
That’s why the labor component of the Socialist Party USA’s platform is so appealing. . . .