Jack O'Neal had been a migrant worker all his life, but even though living is tough, he knows he has an easier life than the Mexicans who risk death to slip across the border.
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This is a novel about migrant workers. It found a large readership in the university people. The author could not fulfill the many requests to speak at universites, especially those in the western states. All his life Jack O'Neal has known the excitement of moving from one place to another, summer and winter; spring and fall, following the crops with his family.Jack is a hard-working boy, and when his father suddenly dies, he shoulders the responsibility of supportin himself, his mother and his little sister. In addition, he takes it upon himself the burden of repaying a loan to old Colonel House, a plantation owner, had made to Jack's father. Picking, grubbing and clearing is back-breaking labor for them all, but there is fun and adventure, too, as they move through the South in the old truck that serves as their home.And they meet all kinds of people, the kind stay-at-homes never get to know.In the end something good happens to Jack which makes him know his mother and sister will never have to work in the fields again, but not before the reader has the rare opportunity to get to know The Wanderers of the Fields.
The migrant workers felt it their duty to shiveree an old man who'd married a young "old" made, and it was a fun time, indeed, when the migrants, young and old, brought out their pots and pans and turning plows and hammers and beat on them, but it was when Mr. Ferguson, the Texan, began firing his .45 six guns that some of the folks paniced, and a giantess fell in a dug well.