The Farmworker Justice Movement, 1970 to the Present
This book has emphasized the importance of agriculture-centered communities in the past, present, and future of Latinos in the United States and concludes with an analysis of the farmworker justice movement in the Salinas Valley from 1970 to the present. It first considers the aftermath of the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee's (UFWOC) 1970 strike before discussing the decline of the UFWOC (renamed the United Farm Workers in 1972) during the early 1980s and how it affected farmworkers not only in California but also throughout the nation. It then looks at the emergence of other important forms of Mexican American protest in Salinas after 1970. Finally, it comments on the debates around immigrants and immigration policy, particularly with respect to undocumented immigrants. The book argues that both Latino and agricultural history must be situated within larger narratives about U.S. immigration, race relations, and politics.
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