Deportation At Breakfast Analysis

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In the two texts, “Mexican Migrant Workers in the 20th Century” by Jessica McBirney and “Deportation at Breakfast” by Larry Fondation they are both centered around same the topic of immigrants but they have two seperate central ideas that are presented in two seperate ways. In the text, “Mexican Migrant Workers in the 20th Century” by Jessica Mcbirney the central idea is Mexicans began crossing the border to the U.S. in search of higher paying jobs but were presented with terrible working and living conditions. Eventually, after the Great Depression and a major strike, the government along with the people of America began working towards solving these issues. On the other hand, in the text “Deportation at Breakfast”, by Larry Fondation the …show more content…
In the text, “Mexican Migrant Workers in the 20th Century” the events took place in the 20th century. The author shows this through the title and through important dates stated in the text like, “Workers continued to move to California and other southwest states throughout the 1920s.” and “Finally in 1970, the grape growers agreed to give their workers better wages.” These two quotes show that Mexicans began moving to the states in the 1920s and the issues were solved in 1970. The time period between these two dates is a large portion of the 20th century. This text also focuses on farm life rather than any other jobs the immigrants could have gotten in the states. This is shown throughout the entire text in lines like, “Because they worked in fields and farms, they had to move several times a year, every time there was a new crop to harvest.” In the text, “ Deportation at Breakfast” the events took place in a small diner. This is shown through quotes like, “A green-and-white awning was perched over the door, where the name “‘Clara’s’” was stenciled. Inside the place had an appealing and old-fashioned look. The air smelled fresh and homey, not greasy.” Although the setting is not directly stated, from these quotes the reader can infer that it is a small, homey feeling …show more content…
In the text, “Mexican Migrant Workers in the 20th Century” the author focuses on the reason the immigrants came to America, how they were treated, and the steps taken to fix the issue of them being treated poorly. The text says, “The revolution also caused an economic downturn in Mexico, and many workers realized they could earn more money in the United States than they could in their home country.” This quote explains the reason they began to come to America, they needed higher paying jobs. Then the text goes on to explain the unfair treatment of Mexican laborers. “ Even though agriculture in California depended on migratory workers, they made the lowest wages in the country. Farm owners did not treat their laborers with respect. Most farms did not have bathroom facilities or water for the workers to drink, and there was no place to wash dangerous pesticide chemicals off their hands.” This shows how poorly laborers were treated in this time. Then the text goes on to explain what the laborers did to fight back against this unfair treatment. “It began in 1965 when fruit companies refused to meet the demands of their workers. The workers went on strike and would not agree to keep working until they were paid better.” This quote shows one of the several steps taken to end the unfair treatment. The text then goes on to explain the outcome of the strike.

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