Working People of California

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Daniel A. Cornford
University of California Press, 01.01.1995 - 493 Seiten
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From the California Indians who labored in the Spanish missions to the immigrant workers on Silicon Valley's high-tech assembly lines, California's work force has had a complex and turbulent past, marked by some of the sharpest and most significant battles fought by America's working people. This anthology presents the work of scholars who are forging a new brand of social history--one that reflects the diversity of California's labor force by paying close attention to the multicultural and gendered aspects of the past. Readers will discover a refreshing chronological breadth to this volume, as well as a balanced examination of both rural and urban communities.
Daniel Cornford's excellent general introduction provides essential historical background while his brief introductions to each chapter situate the essays in their larger contexts. A list of further readings appears at the end of each chapter. From the California Indians who labored in the Spanish missions to the immigrant workers on Silicon Valley's high-tech assembly lines, California's work force has had a complex and turbulent past, marked by some of the sharpest and most significant battles fought by America's working people. This anthology presents the work of scholars who are forging a new brand of social history--one that reflects the diversity of California's labor force by paying close attention to the multicultural and gendered aspects of the past. Readers will discover a refreshing chronological breadth to this volume, as well as a balanced examination of both rural and urban communities.
Daniel Cornford's excellent general introduction provides essential historical background while his brief introductions to each chapter situate the essays in their larger contexts. A list of further readings appears at the end of each chapter.
 

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The Social Relations of the California
29
The Impact
57
Waitresses and the Making of Their
85
4 Okies and the Politics of PlainFolk Americanism
116
Trouble on the New Black Frontier
159
6 Racial Domination and Class Conflict in Capitalist
183
8 The Big Strike
225
Mexican Cannery Workers
265
The California Workingmens
287
The Politics of California
311
Labor and Politics
344
13 Cesar Chavez and the Unionization of California
371
14 Why Arent HighTech Workers Organized? Lessons
405
Junkyard of Dreams
433
Contributors
489
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Daniel Cornford is Associate Professor of History at San Jose State University. He is the author of Workers and Dissent in the Redwood Empire (1987); coeditor of American Labor in the Era of World War II (1995) and an Associate Editor of the Emma Goldman Papers, Microfilm edition (1992).

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