Beasts of the Field: A Narrative History of California Farmworkers, 1769-1913

Beasts of the Field A Narrative History of California Farmworkers 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 history the

  • Title: Beasts of the Field: A Narrative History of California Farmworkers, 1769-1913
  • Author: Richard Steven Street
  • ISBN: 9780804738804
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 history the emergence of migratory farmworkers and the development of California agriculture.Street has systematically worked his way through a mountain of archival materials than 5Written 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 history the emergence of migratory farmworkers and the development of California agriculture.Street has systematically worked his way through a mountain of archival materials than 500 manuscript collections, scattered in 22 states, including Spain and Mexico 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.

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    1. Amazing, amazing nonfiction book and reference. The writer, Richard Steven Street, did meticulous work on this. If you are interested in agricultural history or California history, this is a must! I refer to this tome, and it is a tome, all the time.

    2. Whoa! This book was an amazing and eye-opening history of California farmworkers that was written on the foundation of a wealth of primary sources. Street weaves the narrative in an easy-to-read, seamless trajectory that has the feel of gliding through time with the only bumps being the jarring and often horrifying reality that farmworkers faced. The best book (by far!) that I *almost* finished reading in 2017!

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