After the Gold Rush

Tarnished Dreams in the Sacramento Valley

Author: David Vaught

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801897807

Category: History

Page: 328

View: 4388

Their dramatic story exposes the underside of the American dream and the haunting consequences of trying to strike it rich.
Posted in History

California Farm Organizations

Author: N.A

Publisher: Univ of California Press


Category: Agriculture

Page: 15

View: 5317

Posted in Agriculture

The Fruits of Natural Advantage

Making the Industrial Countryside in California

Author: Steven Stoll

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520920200

Category: History

Page: 302

View: 9989

The once arid valleys and isolated coastal plains of California are today the center of fruit production in the United States. Steven Stoll explains how a class of capitalist farmers made California the nation's leading producer of fruit and created the first industrial countryside in America. This brilliant portrayal of California from 1880 to 1930 traces the origins, evolution, and implications of the fruit industry while providing a window through which to view the entire history of California. Stoll shows how California growers assembled chemicals, corporations, and political influence to bring the most perishable products from the most distant state to the great urban markets of North America. But what began as a compromise between a beneficent environment and intensive cultivation ultimately became threatening to the soil and exploitative of the people who worked it. Invoking history, economics, sociology, agriculture, and environmental studies, Stoll traces the often tragic repercussions of fruit farming and shows how central this story is to the development of the industrial countryside in the twentieth century.
Posted in History

Miscellaneous Publication

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Agriculture

Page: N.A

View: 1277

Posted in Agriculture

From the Family Farm to Agribusiness

The Irrigation Crusade in California and the West, 1850-1931

Author: Donald J. Pisani

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520051270

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 521

View: 2808

Posted in Business & Economics

Endangered Dreams

The Great Depression in California

Author: Kevin Starr

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199923566

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 5599

California, Wallace Stegner observed, is like the rest of the United States, only more so. Indeed, the Golden State has always seemed to be a place where the hopes and fears of the American dream have been played out in a bigger and bolder way. And no one has done more to capture this epic story than Kevin Starr, in his acclaimed series of gripping social and cultural histories. Now Starr carries his account into the 1930s, when the political extremes that threatened so much of the Depression-ravaged world--fascism and communism--loomed large across the California landscape. In Endangered Dreams, Starr paints a portrait that is both detailed and panoramic, offering a vivid look at the personalities and events that shaped a decade of explosive tension. He begins with the rise of radicalism on the Pacific Coast, which erupted when the Great Depression swept over California in the 1930s. Starr captures the triumphs and tumult of the great agricultural strikes in the Imperial Valley, the San Joaquin Valley, Stockton, and Salinas, identifying the crucial role played by Communist organizers; he also shows how, after some successes, the Communists disbanded their unions on direct orders of the Comintern in 1935. The highpoint of social conflict, however, was 1934, the year of the coastwide maritime strike, and here Starr's narrative talents are at their best, as he brings to life the astonishing general strike that took control of San Francisco, where workers led by charismatic longshoreman Harry Bridges mounted the barricades to stand off National Guardsmen. That same year socialist Upton Sinclair won the Democratic nomination for governor, and he launched his dramatic End Poverty in California (EPIC) campaign. In the end, however, these challenges galvanized the Right in a corporate, legal, and vigilante counterattack that crushed both organized labor and Sinclair. And yet, the Depression also brought out the finest in Californians: state Democrats fought for a local New Deal; California natives helped care for more than a million impoverished migrants through public and private programs; artists movingly documented the impact of the Depression; and an unprecedented program of public works (capped by the Golden Gate Bridge) made the California we know today possible. In capturing the powerful forces that swept the state during the 1930s--radicalism, repression, construction, and artistic expression--Starr weaves an insightful analysis into his narrative fabric. Out of a shattered decade of economic and social dislocation, he constructs a coherent whole and a mirror for understanding our own time.
Posted in History

One Life, Mine

Author: Emma S. Garrod

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477129065

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 2485

The third reader of my long-gone school days said something like, Life is a river, from its small and unimportant beginning it flows steadily onward. It may hesitate, but never stop until early or late its end is reached. By anyones calculations, the river of my life has been a long and, on the whole, a very placid one. No treacherous rapids or impassable falls have ever disturbed its steady flow. I have filled many pages with recollections of what to some may seem a very humdrum and uneventful life. Arent most lives just that except to the individuals who have lived them? This self-appointed task has been a very pleasant one. I trust that someone sometime in the future will find pleasure and perhaps a bit of knowledge hidden in these pages. It is said that three score years and ten is ones allotment for life; beyond that, one lives on borrowed time. It has never been clear to me just where and from whom this time is borrowed. I must say, the last decade and a half that I have borrowed from somewhere have been most satisfactory. I most sincerely hope that my credit will hold good awhile longer
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

California and the Fictions of Capital

Author: George L. Henderson

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 9781592131983

Category: History

Page: 265

View: 2866

In part a tour of California as a virtual laboratory for refining the circulation of capital, and in part an investigation of how the state's literati, with rare exception, reconceived economy in the name of class, gender, and racial privilege, this study will appeal to all students and scholars of California's—And The American West's—economic, environmental, and cultural past. Author note:George L. Hendersonis Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota.
Posted in History

Tangible Memories

Californians and Their Gardens 1800-1950

Author: Harry M. Butte,Judith M. Taylor

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 146910525X

Category: History

Page: 475

View: 793

California may be the golden state but it is also a garden state. Innumerable gardens have been made since the Europeans first came, starting with the Franciscan missionaries.The gold rush was the defining period, leading to immense expenditures by newly rich miners. This book discusses many simple but beautiful gardens created by waves of immigrants. Gardens were necessary for food but also represented repose and leisure. The nature and style of domestic and private gardens shape the landscape of cities and towns just as much as large civic architectural achievements.
Posted in History

Hired Hands in California's Farm Fields

Collected Essays on California's Farm Labor History and Policy

Author: Varden Fuller

Publisher: N.A


Category: Agricultural laborers

Page: 183

View: 3090

Posted in Agricultural laborers

Land monopoly, agribusiness and the state

discovering the family farm in twentieth-century California

Author: Victoria Saker Woeste,American Bar Foundation

Publisher: N.A


Category: Agricultural industries

Page: 29

View: 8551

Posted in Agricultural industries

The Indispensable Enemy

Labor and the Anti-Chinese Movement in California

Author: Alexander Saxton

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520029057

Category: History

Page: 293

View: 8107

The purpose of this study is to examine the Chinese confrontation, on the Pacific Coast, as it was experienced and rationalized by the white majority. For reasons which will be evident in what follows, the main body of the work (chapters 3 through 11) will focus on the Democratic party and the labor movement of California through the forty-year period after the Civil War. The two opening chapters turn back to explore aspects of the Jacksonian background which appear crucial to an understanding of what occurred in California. The final chapter looks beyond the turn of the century to trace certain results of the sequence of events in the West for the labor movement as a whole, and to suggest the influence of those events upon the crystallization of an American concept of national identity.
Posted in History

Viva la Raza

A History of Chicano Identity and Resistance

Author: Yolanda Alaniz,Megan Cornish

Publisher: Red Letter Press

ISBN: 9780932323286

Category: Political Science

Page: 366

View: 5152

"A history of Chicana and Chicano militancy that explores the question of whether this social movement is a racial or a national struggle"--Provided by publisher.
Posted in Political Science

Factories in the Field

The Story of Migratory Farm Labor in California

Author: Carey McWilliams

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520224131

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 345

View: 2310

This book was the first broad expos� of the social and environmental damage inflicted by the growth of corporate agriculture in California. Factories in the Field--together with the work of Dorothea Lange, Paul Taylor, and John Steinbeck--dramatizes the misery of the dust bowl migrants hoping to find work in California agriculture. McWilliams starts with the scandals of the Spanish land grant purchases, and continues on to examine the experience of the various ethnic groups that have provided labor for California's agricultural industry--Chinese, Japanese, Mexicans, Filipinos, Armenians--the strikes, and the efforts to organize labor unions
Posted in Business & Economics

The War on Bugs

Author: Will Allen

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1933392460

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 268

View: 7519

In the nineteenth century, as immigration greatly expanded the American population, demands on crop output increased. Seizing an opportunity to play upon fears of food shortages, chemical companies declared war on bugs and declining soil fertility, the archenemies of the American farmer. By the 1860s, pesticide and fertilizer manufacturers developed highly sophisticated media campaigns. Bugs were touted as a mortal threat to American farms, and quacks promoted miracle cures culled from industrial waste such as whale oil, arsenic, mercury, sulfuric acid, and lead in the form of dusts, granules, and liquid sprays. New fertilizer products also came from industrial waste piles, including potash, sulfur, and sodium nitrate. From the start, farmers and consumers opposed the marketers' noxious shill. But more than a century of collusion among advertisers, editors, scientists, large-scale farmers, government agencies - and even Dr. Seuss - convinced most farmers to use deadly chemicals, hormones, antibiotics, and, more recently, genetically modified organisms. Akin to seminal works on the topic like Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, Arthur Kallet and F. J. Schlink's 100,000,000 Guinea Pigs, and Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, The War on Bugs - richly illustrated with dozens of original advertisements and promotions - details both the chemical industry's relentless efforts and the recurring waves of resistance by generations of consumers, farmers, and activists against toxic food, a struggle that continues today but with deep roots in the long rise of industrial agriculture.
Posted in Technology & Engineering

Cultivating California

growers, specialty crops, and labor, 1875-1920

Author: David Vaught

Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 280

View: 4760

"This detailed history of four central and northern California agricultural communities is developed around pivotal issues of race, gender, market forces, and entrepreneurial vision. It is local history at its best." -- Western Historical Quarterly
Posted in Business & Economics

Dark Sweat, White Gold

California Farm Workers, Cotton, and the New Deal

Author: Devra Weber

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520918474

Category: History

Page: 344

View: 1635

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.
Posted in History

Rural Economic Development in Japan

From the Nineteenth Century to the Pacific War

Author: Penelope Francks

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134207867

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 4296

In the historical literature on Japan, rural people have tended to be regarded as the exploited victims of the industrialisation process. This book provides an alternative view of the role and significance of the rural economy in Japan’s emergence as an economic power prior to World War II. Using theories and approaches derived from development studies and economic history the book describes the nineteenth-century development of a diversified, proto-industrial rural economy, focusing on the strategies employed by households as they sought to secure and improve their livelihoods. The book argues that rural people, through their ‘industrious revolution’, played an active part in determining the course of Japan’s agrarian transition and, eventually, the distinctive features of industrial Japan’s political economy, with the result that rural life still figures largely in the reality and imagination of contemporary Japan.
Posted in Business & Economics