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The California farmlands have long served as a popular symbol of America’s natural abundance and endless opportunity. Yet, from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Carlos Bulosan’s America Is in the Heart to Helena Maria Viramontes’s Under the Feet of Jesus, many novels, plays, movies, and songs have dramatized the brutality and hardships of working in the California fields. Little scholarship has focused on what these cultural productions tell us about who belongs in America, and in what ways they are allowed to belong. In The Nature of California, Sarah Wald analyzes this legacy and its consequences by examining the paradoxical representations of California farmers and farmworkers from the Dust Bowl migration to present-day movements for food justice and immigrant rights.

Analyzing fiction, nonfiction, news coverage, activist literature, memoirs, and more, Wald gives us a new way of thinking through questions of national belonging by probing the relationships among race, labor, and landownership. Bringing together ecocriticism and critical race theory, she pays special attention to marginalized groups, examining how Japanese American journalists, Filipino workers, United Farm Workers members, and contemporary immigrants-rights activists, among others, pushed back against the standard narratives of landownership and citizenship.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quotation
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: “To the Farmer in All of Us”: Agricultural Citizenship as Racial Gatekeeping
  2. pp. 3-26
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  1. Chapter 1 “Settlers Galore, but No Free Land”: White Citizenship and the Right to Land Ownership in Factories in the Field and Of Human Kindness
  2. pp. 27-51
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  1. Chapter 2. From Farmer to Farmworker: Representing the Dust Bowl Migration
  2. pp. 52-74
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  1. Chapter 3 The “Clouded Citizenship” of Rooted Families: Japanese American Agrarianism in Rafu Shimpo, Kashu Mainichi, and Treadmill
  2. pp. 75-101
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  1. Chapter 4. “The Earth Trembled for Days”: Denaturalizing Racial Citizenship in Hisaye Yamamoto’s Fiction
  2. pp. 102-130
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  1. Chapter 5. “The American Earth”: Reclaiming Land and Nation in America Is in the Heart and Strangers in Our Fields
  2. pp. 131-155
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  1. Chapter 6. “Elixirs of Death”: The United Farm Workers and the Modern Environmental Movement
  2. pp. 156-189
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  1. Chapter 7. Fit Citizens and Poisoned Farmworkers: Consumer Citizenship in the Alternative Food Movement
  2. pp. 190-206
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  1. Epilogue: “Tienes una Madre Aquí”: Environmentalism and Migration in the Twenty-First Century
  2. pp. 207-220
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 221-254
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 255-274
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 275-297
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780295806587
Related ISBN
9780295995663
MARC Record
OCLC
949276297
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2016-08-23
Language
English
Open Access
No
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