Dark Sweat, White Gold California Farm Workers, Cotton, and the New Deal

ISBN-10: 0520207106

ISBN-13: 9780520207103

Edition: N/A

Authors: Devra Weber

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In her incisive analysis of the shaping of California's agricultural work force, Devra Weber shows how the cultural background of Mexican and, later, Anglo-American workers, combined with the structure of capitalist cotton production and New Deal politics, forging a new form of labor relations. She pays particular attention to Mexican field workers and their organized struggles, including the famous strikes of 1933. Weber's perceptive examination of the relationships between economic structure, human agency, and the state, as well as her discussions of the crucial role of women in both Mexican and Anglo working-class life, make her book a valuable contribution to labor, agriculture, Chicano, Mexican, and California history.
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/20/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Devra Weber is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside.

List of Illustrations and Maps
Acknowledgments
Introduction
"We are producing a product to sell...": The Business of Cotton
Sin Fronteras: Mexican Workers
"As the faulting of the earth...": The Strike of 1933
The Mixed Promise of the New Deal
New Migrants in the Fields
New Deal Relief Policies, Local Organizing, and Electoral Battles
End of a Hope: The Strikes of 1938 and 1939
"Down the valleys wild...": Conclusion
Appendix A: Tables
Appendix B: Proposal of the Associated Farmers
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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