Shown as part of the Food & Agriculture Film Series

Presented with the Charles Guggenheim Center for Documentary Film

HARVEST OF SHAME (USA, 1960, 55 min.)

First broadcast in November 25, 1960 (the day after Thanksgiving), this installment of the “CBS Reports” television documentary series was the last program in the career of broadcasting legend Edward R. Murrow. Its subject, an unflinching account of the plight of migrant farm workers in the United States, some of whom were working for as little as a dollar a day, shocked viewers at the time and prompted thousands of calls and letters from the public. Harvest of Shame is truly a landmark in the history of investigative journalism. In black and white. Starring Edward R. Murrow. Directed by Fred W. Friendly. Written and produced by Fred W. Friendly, Edward R. Murrow and David Lowe.

Welcome by David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States. Film introduced by Bob Edwards, host of “The Bob Edwards Show” on Sirius XM Radio, and author of Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism. A book signing follows screening.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE, no reservations required. 

National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Special Events entrance,

Seventh St. & Constitution Ave., NW (METRO: Archives/Navy Memorial)

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