Public Affairs: Bitter Harvest

Unlike the commercial networks, public television has plenty of time available for the exploration of "social" questions, and it is a charter well worth pursuing. This month the National Educational Television channels are carrying a pair of muckraking documentaries on the plight of the migrant farm worker. No Harvest for the Reaper is a chronicle of exploitation of Negro migrants on Long Island; Huelga!, a report on the 1965-67 Mexican grapepickers' strike in California. Both films contained remarkable and affecting footage, although they were more successful as polemics than TV journalism.

The Long Island story begins in Arkansas where a...

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