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A monumental work of history,
This review is from: Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers (Hardcover)
This is a landmark volume: Bardacke has delivered the most important history of Mexican-American unionism as well as the most detailed history of workplace life in any major US business since David Montgomery's works of the 1960s-80s. Trampling Out the Vintage is also the poignant tale of an icon imploded, Cesar Chavez pulling down the UFW with him, or being pulled down by the impossibility of organizing agricultural labor. Bardacke, a 1960s Berkeley campus leader who took to the fields and personally introduced the long-handled hoe in Watsonville, interviewed hundreds of UFW activists and catches the nuances that only oral history can reach. It's an incredible book.
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Initial post: Nov 18, 2011 7:59:36 AM PST
Trampling Out the Vintage is much more than a history of the UFW, and so fascinating throughout it often reads like a novel, a kind of USA Trilogy. It's a truly great book.
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