“Patrick Smith’s Florida: the Migrant Workers” by Joan Mountford: Nonmembers
Wednesday, Feb 8, 10:00-11:50 am (ONE DAY ONLY) – Classroom D203
Angel City is Patrick Smith’s novel about the conditions in Florida’s migrant worker camps. Smith lived in the camps himself to capture the reality of the workers’ lives in a tale about a family from West Virginia who came to Florida to build a new and better life but found themselves living instead as indentured servants to a heartless master. The class will take Patrick Smith’s powerful tale as a starting point for a discussion of the American Dream and how, for too many among us, it turns into a nightmare.
Joan Mountford, a winter resident of Punta Gorda, holds degrees from Tufts University and Simmons College. She lives most of the year in New Hampshire, where she taught high school English for 35 years and presented workshops annually at state and regional conferences. In addition, she has for a number of years been an occasional columnist for the Concord Monitor, the newspaper in the state capital.