Essay about Salt Of The Earth By Herbert J. Proceso

1348 Words Dec 9th, 2015 6 Pages
Salt of the Earth was a theatrical drama directed by Herbert J. Biberman. The film was based on the actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico. Its genre is a social realism and it was based on actual events. The movie has great ties to Malcolm Gladwell’s book David and Goliath, Underdogs, Misfits, and the art of battling giants. For instance just like Martin Luther King Jr. and his friends they had to overcome a giant in Sheriff Connor (Gladwell). The setting of the plot takes place in a miner town in New Mexico. The narrator Esperanza Quintero (Rosaura Revueltas) starts by talking about the original glory of the town before it was taken over and renamed by the cooperation of white Americans. Mrs. Quintero’s husband Ramon (Juan Chaon) is the leader of the miner workers taking their demands to the Union over unsafe working conditions. They felt that working conditions were not safe and their pay compared to Anglo workers was not fair. After a near deadly accident happened at the mine, the workers had enough and went on strike when the foreman asked them to return to work. Meanwhile the miners wives’ felt that the living conditions were unsanitary and wanted the men to fight for that right as well. As the strike went on the miners got a court order to stop the picketing, so a vote came to order and the women resumed the picketing while the men watched. Soon enough the miners won their battle with the giant corporation and got what they deemed rightful. This film…

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