There Will be No ‘One Big Union’: The Struggle for Interracial Labor Unionism in California Agriculture, 1933 — 1939

@article{Cruz2010ThereWB,
  title={There Will be No ‘One Big Union’: The Struggle for Interracial Labor Unionism in California Agriculture, 1933 — 1939},
  author={Adrian Cruz},
  journal={Cultural Dynamics},
  year={2010},
  volume={22},
  pages={29 - 48}
}
  • Adrian Cruz
  • Published 1 March 2010
  • Political Science
  • Cultural Dynamics
In California, between 1933 and 1939, Filipino, Japanese and Mexican farm workers engaged in far-reaching labor strikes. In this article, I argue that the practice of White supremacy prevented interracial farm labor unionism via the creation of a racial hierarchy that aligned Japanese, Mexicans and Filipinos into specific positions. Previous scholarship deemphasizes the roles of race and racism in analysis of farm worker mobilization. I focus upon four key actors, which actively maintained the… Expand
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