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I am a 70 year old Mexican- American whose parents worked the sugar beet fields in Colorado back in the 1950’s. “El Cortito”, or the short handle hoe was the tool that was used to space out the sugar beet plants from each other to help the plants grow. I was 4-5 years old helping my parents work. My memories of the field workers working on their knees all day long brings anger and resentment toward the farmers who subjected these people unnecessarily. The same work could have been done with regular handled hoes that would have allowed workers to stand up on their feet. My parents would spend entire days on their knees in order to make a better life for for myself and my siblings. When I tell my friends about this experience with the “cortito”, they just cannot wrap their minds on understanding what life was like for migrant workers back in the 50’s!