|...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him
The following collection of thematically related readings is available
in ...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him and Related Readings in
McDougal Littell's Literature Connections series.
Excerpt from Fields of Toil: A Migrant Family's Journey by
Isabel Valle, ©1994
Summary: This book excerpt follows a migrant family of the 1990s as
they leave Texas to pick crops in Washington state and Oregon.
"Latin Women Pray" by Judith Ortiz Cofer
(from Reaching for the Mainland and Selected New Poems by Judith
Ortiz Cofer, © 1995)
Summary: In this poem, Latina women are depicted in church, praying
to an unresponsive God whose image reflects the surrounding Anglo society.
Napa, California by Ana Castillo
(from "My Father Was a Toltec," © 1995)
Summary: Weary grape pickers speak in this poem dedicated to Cesar Chavez.
"The Plan of Delano" by the National Farm Workers Union, ©
Summary: This 1965 proclamation by striking farm laborers calls for
unity among farm workers of every race and a recognition of their human
The Whistle by Eudora Welty
(from A Curtain of Green and Other Stories, © 1938)
Summary: On a frigid spring night, the Southern tenant farming couple
in this story must sacrifice everything for their vulnerable tomato
First Confession by Frank O'Connor
(from Collected Stories, © 1951)
Summary: The young Irish Catholic narrator of this humorous story fears
that he will forget to confess one of his many terrible sins.
Fourth Grade Ukus (1952) by Marie Hara
(from Bamboo Ridge: The Hawaii Writers' Quarterly, © 1990)
Summary: In this painful but funny story, Asian fourth-graders in Hawaii
are checked for lice and reprimanded for their "bad" English, but they
fight back in their small way.
In Answer to Their Questions by Giovanna (Janey) Capone
(from Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural
Poetry, © 1994)
Summary: As an Italian-American poet tells what Italian means
to her, she creates a loving portrait of an often-despised community.