By Matt Garcia
Tracing the heritage of intercultural fight and cooperation within the citrus belt of larger la, Matt Garcia explores the social and cultural forces that helped make town the expansive and varied city that it really is this day. because the citrus-growing areas of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys in japanese la County multiplied throughout the early 20th century, the rural there constructed alongside segregated strains, basically among white landowners and Mexican and Asian workers. at first, those groups have been sharply divided. yet la, not like different agricultural areas, observed vital possibilities for intercultural trade enhance round the arts and inside of multiethnic neighborhood teams. even if fostered in such casual settings as dance halls and theaters or in such formal agencies because the Intercultural Council of Claremont or the Southern California team spirit Leagues, those interethnic encounters shaped the foundation for political cooperation to deal with hard work discrimination and remedy difficulties of residential and academic segregation. although intercultural collaborations weren't constantly winning, Garcia argues that they represent an enormous bankruptcy not just in Southern California's social and cultural improvement but in addition within the greater background of yankee race relatives.
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Such depictions are consistent with those conceded by even the most strident critics of California agribusiness. Carey McWilliams, a proliﬁc and insightful writer on the subject, acknowledged the seemingly impenetrable aura possessed by the orange tree and its grower when he wrote: ‘‘With its rich blackgreen shade, its evergreen foliage, and its romantic fragrance, it is the millionaire of all the trees of America. . The aristocrat of the orchards, it has, by a natural aﬃnity drawn to it the rich and the well-born, creating a unique type of rural-urban aristocracy.
The ability of minorities to ‘‘visualize a community’’ based on an alternative mode of human relations constitutes a ‘‘war of position’’ that, as Paul Gilroy has argued, transﬁgures society in political ways. 15 Some scholars have raised legitimate questions about this redeﬁnition of politics. 16 While I am sympathetic to Stowe’s call for truth-in-telling, I am also aware from the many hours of oral history I have conducted with performers, patrons, workers, and organizers that intentions and ‘‘political’’ motivations of participants vary dramatically.
Carey McWilliams, Southern California Country: An Island on the Land The deal Country Life The Development of Citrus Suburbs in Southern California Citrus fruit has always possessed a unique status among the many crops that make up California’s vast agroecosystem. While wheat, cotton, and grapes have had their images tarnished by revelations of labor exploitation, grower vigilantes, and absentee landlords, citrus has usually escaped such criticism. Even today, the image of the orange evokes a vision of prosperity in abundance.
A World of Its Own: Race, Labor, and Citrus in the Making of Greater Los Angeles, 1900-1970 by Matt Garcia