Beasts of the Field

Beasts of the Field

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Written by one of America's preeminent labor historians, this book is the definitive account of one of the most spectacular, captivating, complex and strangely neglected stories in Western historya€”the emergence of migratory farmworkers and the development of California agriculture. Street has systematically worked his way through a mountain of archival materialsa€”more than 500 manuscript collections, scattered in 22 states, including Spain and Mexicoa€”to follow the farmworker story from its beginnings on Spanish missions into the second decade of the twentieth century. The result is a comprehensive tour de force. Scene by scene, the epic narrative clarifies and breathes new life into a controversial and instructive saga long surrounded by myth, conjecture, and scholarly neglect. With its panoramic view spanning 144 years and moving from the US-Mexico border to Oregon, Beasts of the Field reveals diverse patterns of life and labor in the fields that varied among different crops, regions, time periods, and racial and ethic groups. Enormous in scope, packed with surprising twists and turns, and devastating in impact, this compelling, revelatory work of American social history will inform generations to come of the history of California and the nation.Notes to Pages 596-598 CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR 1. ... See Noel, Footloose, 34; Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, I Speak My Piece: Autobiography of aquot;The Rebel Girlaquot; ( New York, 1955), 164; Justus Ebert, The IWW in Theory and Practice (Chicago, anbsp;...

Title:Beasts of the Field
Author:Richard Steven Street
Publisher:Stanford University Press - 2004


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