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Fruits of Their Labor: Atlantic Coast Farmworkers and the Making of Migrant Poverty, 1870-1945

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In 1933 Congress granted American laborers the right of collective bargaining, but farmworkers got no New Deal. Cindy Hahamovitch's pathbreaking account of migrant farmworkers along the Atlantic Coast shows how growers enlisted the aid of the state in an unprecedented effort to keep their fields well stocked with labor.

This is the story of the farmworkers—Italian immigrants from northeastern tenements, African American laborers from the South, and imported workers from the Caribbean—who came to work in the fields of New Jersey, Georgia, and Florida in the decades after 1870. These farmworkers were not powerless, the author argues, for growers became increasingly open to negotiation as their crops ripened in the fields. But farmers fought back with padrone or labor contracting schemes and 'work-or-fight' forced-labor campaigns. Hahamovitch describes how growers' efforts became more effective as federal officials assumed the role of padroni, supplying farmers with foreign workers on demand.

Today's migrants are as desperate as ever, the author concludes, not because poverty is an inevitable feature of modern agricultural work, but because the federal government has intervened on behalf of growers, preventing farmworkers from enjoying the fruits of their labor.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-273) and index.

About the Author

Cindy Hahamovitch is associate professor of history at the College of William and Mary.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807846391
Author:
Hahamovitch, Cindy
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Cindy Ha
Author:
hamovitch
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
Minority Studies - Ethnic American
Subject:
Migrant agricultural laborers
Subject:
Migrant labor
Subject:
Migrant agricultural laborers -- Atlantic States -- History.
Subject:
Travailleurs agricoles migrants
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Subject:
immigrant farmworkers; New Jersey; Florida; New Deal; Italian immigrants; African American laborers; workers from the Caribbean; Georgia; padrone; labor contracting
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
immigrant farmworkers
Subject:
New jersey
Subject:
Florida
Subject:
New Deal
Subject:
Italian immigrants
Subject:
African American laborers
Subject:
workers from the Caribbean
Subject:
Georgia
Subject:
padrone
Subject:
labor contracting
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Subject:
African Amer
Subject:
ican laborers
Copyright:
Series Volume:
38
Publication Date:
April 1997
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in
Age Level:
18-18

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