Factories in the Field: The Story of Migratory Farm Labor in California

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University of California Press, 1939 - Business & Economics - 345 pages
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"A masterpiece. . . . Two months after the publication of The Grapes of Wrath, Little, Brown issued the second controversial California documentary of 1939, Factories in the Field. . . . If John Steinbeck was a novelist seeking documentation, Carey McWilliams was a documentary journalist seeking the moral and imaginative intensity of art."--Kevin Starr, author of Endangered Dreams: The Great Depression in California

"Factories in the Field is a true classic of the 'other California' that one rarely hears about. McWilliams chronicles the modern saga of industrial capitalism's transformation of would-be yeoman farmers into a low-paid, multi-racial army of farmworkers toiling on huge factory farms. From the start, McWilliams called for the abolition of the artificial distinction between factory and farm as the necessary first step in guaranteeing farmworkers the right to collective bargaining. His work is still relevant to the ongoing migrations of peoples around the world in search of a better life."--Neil Foley, author of The White Scourge

"Indispensable to the study of California history."--Jules Tygiel, author of The Great Los Angeles Swindle
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Land Monopolization
11
Empires and Utopias
28
The Pattern Is Cut
48
The Chinese
66
The Factories Appear
81
Our Oriental Agriculture
103
Social Consequences
134
The Postwar Decade 19201930
185
Delhi and Durham
200
The Great Strikes 21 r XIV The Rise of Farm Fascism
230
The Drive for Unionization
264
The Trend toward Stabilization
283
The End of a Cycle
305
Bibliography
327
Bibliographical Essay by Douglas C Sackman
335

The Wheatland Riot
152
The War SpeedUp
168

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Carey McWilliams's books include California: The Great Exception (California, 1998), Ill Fares the Land: Migrants & Migratory Labor in the U.S. (1942), Ambrose Bierce: A Biography (1929), Brothers under Skin (1943) and Southern California:An Island on the Land (1946). Douglas C. Sackman teaches history at Oberlin College.

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