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The Fruits of Their Labor: Atlantic Coast Farmworkers and the Making of Migrant Poverty, 1870-1945 Paperback – April 21, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0807846391 ISBN-10: 0807846392 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (April 21, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807846392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807846391
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,795,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An important contribution to our understanding of agricultural labor relations and, more generally, is important in its observations about the weighted actions of allegedly neutral government programs."--Labor Studies Journal

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Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Cindy Hahamovitch writes about migrant farmworkers in the U.S., and international labor migration. Cindy has a B.A. from Rollins College, a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is past-president of the Southern Labor Studies Association. She taught for two years at York University in Ontario before coming to Williamsburg, Virginia in 1993. She is Professor of History at the College of William & Mary, where she teaches courses on modern US history.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on March 25, 2008
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Once in a while you read a book chock full of information you didn't know that you didn't know, or more importantly that you didn't know you needed to know. "The Fruits of Their Labor," by Cindy Hahamovitch, is such a book. The subtitle - Atlantic Coast Farmworkers and the Making of Migrant Poverty, 1870-1945 - only hints at the breadth of the subject matter, which stretches to include an economic and social history of agriculture in states from Maine to Florida and the Deep South. Though the author traces the changes in farming and truck-gardening that resulted from the partial mechanization of the 19th and early 20th Centuries, the focus of the book is on the conversion of traditional year-round farm-hands into seasonal laborers, and thus to the lowest-on-the-totem-pole migrants whose welfare was of minimal interest to ever-larger farm businessmen. More than half of the book deals with the twelve years of the New Deal and the Second World War, revealing how ineffective the "reformers" were in the face of opposition from racists and conservatives of both parties. It's no surprise to learn that FDR threw farm labor to the wolves, excluding it from the benefits of collective bargaining. Likewise, it's hardly shocking to realize how little understanding of rural realities the urban reformers of the era were, in their hopes that paternalism and a little health education would restore the agrarian paradise envisioned by Tom Jefferson. The value of this book comes from observing the mechanisms of interest groups - owners, to be blunt - in turning the efforts of government at all levels to the service of their selfish interests.
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