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". . . [Street] has produced a work of monumental scholarship."—Los Angeles Times Book Review


"[Street's] meticulous research comes alive with his passionate prose as he documents the march of history from the "bottom up" in the tradition of E.P. Thompson's The History of the English Working Class.—California History


"In Beasts of the Field, [Street] synthesizes thirty years of research into a compelling and highly readable account written with insight and empathy."—History Workshop Journal


"Richard Street's two books offer a new benchmark in the history of agricultural labor, with a perceptive, fascinating Californian focus. Only 1,283 pages? I wanted to look and read further."—Anthropology of Work Review

About the Author

Richard Steven Street is an independent scholar and writer. He has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and has also been a fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. He earned his doctorate in American labor history at the University of Wisconsin, and has been an award-winning photographer and journalist specializing in California agriculture and agricultural labor. He is the author of Organizing for Our Lives: New Voices from Rural Communities (1992). He is currently finishing a multivolume history of California farmworkers.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 936 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press (April 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804738807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804738804
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Best thing since Carey McWillams. California's agricultural history from the worker's perspective.
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It's interesting to learn your history here in the U.S. The U.S. sometimes want to forget the history, but they cannot because it did happen.
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Outstanding..
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By Isabella on December 30, 2009
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Great book! Scary when you receive it as it's large & heavy; but, much is in notes, abbreviations, & the index (from page 629 to page 904). Heavy reading so don't plan to ingest this overnight for a report due the next week. A great narrative, well done & tons of info.
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A scholarly work that reads like a story.
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