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They saved the crops : labor, landscape, and the struggle over industrial farming in Bracero-era California

Author: Don Mitchell
Publisher: Athens, Georgia. : University of Georgia Press, 2012.
Series: Geographies of justice and social transformation.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
At the outset of World War II, California agriculture seemed to be on the cusp of change. Many Californians, reacting to the ravages of the Great Depression, called for a radical reorientation of the highly exploitative labor relations that had allowed the state to become such a productive farming frontier. But with the importation of the first braceros-guest workers from Mexico hired on an emergency basis after the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Mitchell, Don, 1961-
They saved the crops.
Athens, Ga. : University of Georgia Press, 2012
(DLC) 2011038378
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Don Mitchell
ISBN: 9780820344010 082034401X
OCLC Number: 784959321
Description: 1 online resource (xii, [6], 529 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, maps
Contents: The agribusiness landscape in the "war emergency": the origins of the bracero program and the struggle to control it --
The struggle for a rational farming landscape: worker housing and grower power --
The dream of labor power: fluid labor and the solid landscape --
Organizing the landscape: labor camps, international agreements, and the NFLU --
The persistent landscape: perpetuating crisis in California --
Imperial farming, imperialist landscapes --
Labor process, laboring life --
Operation wetback: preserving the status quo --
RFLOAC: the imbrication of grower control --
Power in the peach bowl: of domination, prevailing wages, and the (never-ending) question of housing --
Dead labor --
literally: (another) crisis in the bracero program --
Organizing resistance: swinging at the heart of the bracero program --
The demise of the bracero program: closing the gates of cheap labor? --
The ever-new, ever-same: labor militancy, rationalization, and the post-bracero landscape.
Series Title: Geographies of justice and social transformation.
Responsibility: Don Mitchell.


Argues that by delineating the need for cheap, flexible farm labour as a problem and solving it via the importation of relatively disempowered migrant workers, an alliance of growers and government  Read more...


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