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...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, © 1966
Summary: This 1965 proclamation by striking farm laborers calls for unity among farm workers of every race and a recognition of their human rights.

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 crop.

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.