Migrant Farming in America
What is Child Labor?
Child Labor is using
children under 16
years of age for work
that is harmful to
Child Labor in U.S. History
Child Labor was used during the Industrial Era in
Due to several accidents involving children,
states began to pass laws about the number of
hours and kinds of work children could do.
In 1938 US passed first nationwide law about
child labor in United States.
Fair Labor Standards Act sets the minimum
age and standards for employment.
Child Labor Today
violations occur in
Asia, and Africa.
Most of these
children as bonded
Children working in
things like soccer
balls, hand made
Athletic shoes etc.
Migrant Farming in the U.S.
depend on migrant
families travel all
over the country to
To earn enough
money to survive,
workers need their
children to work with
them in the fields.
Child labor is often
used in migrant
farming which is
illegal in the U.S.
Written by Francisco Jimenez
Based on his childhood living as a migrant
At age 6 began to work in the fields of
California with his family who immigrated
The Circuit cont’d
Learning to read and speak English helped free
Jimenez from the migrant farming life.
He is now a Professor at SCU in California
teaching language and Latin American
“If you’re a migrant worker, you’re constantly
living in poverty.”
Info from Santa Clara Magazine, vol. 38 no. 2
Creating Belinda’s Voice
The class will read the short passage on Belinda,
a migrant worker in the US.
Next, we will use phrases and words from the
passage to create a Found Poem, which will
summarize Belinda’s story.
Each student will create their own Belinda Poem
including an illustration.