by Berkeley N. Hackett
Born in a Florida transient tomato picker’s shack, of Mexican parents, Carlos Caballeros’s thinking, from birth to manhood, was focussed on tomato growing. In every phase of the operation, Carlos was the expert, and he was also adept at handling the Spanish-speaking harvesters.
Soon, Mr. Forester, the owner, came to regard Carlos as not only an invaluable asset, but as a son. Since his own sons had other interests, Carlos was made a joint heir, receiving 200 acres of prime real estate and equipment.
Join Carlos’s parents as they trek from deep inside Mexico, across the Rio Grande, and finally to Florida, and learn something of their fears as you face the hardships of their ordeal; then exalt in their final emancipation and say with them:
“Only in America!”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The ninth of twelve children, in 1929 fourteen-year-old Berkeley N. Hackett hopped a Michigan freight train to join the thousands of hobos who roamed the country during the Great Depression. He’s a comic, a magician, a writer, and a Church of Christ preacher and elder. He has sold real estate, grown apples, hawked vegetables, and made auto parts. And that’s not half of what he has done.
Mr. Hackett currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.
(2004, paperback, 44 pages)
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