Factories in the Field: The Story of Migratory Farm Labor in California
"A masterpiece. . . . Two months after the publication of "The Grapes of""Wrath," Little, Brown issued the second controversial California ... Show synopsis "A masterpiece. . . . Two months after the publication of "The Grapes of""Wrath," Little, Brown issued the second controversial California documentary of 1939, "Factories in the Field." . . . If John Steinbeck was a novelist seeking documentation, Carey McWilliams was a documentary journalist seeking the moral and imaginative intensity of art."--Kevin Starr, author of "Endangered Dreams: The Great Depression in California" ""Factories in the Field" is a true classic of the 'other California' that one rarely hears about. McWilliams chronicles the modern saga of industrial capitalism's transformation of would-be yeoman farmers into a low-paid, multi-racial army of farmworkers toiling on huge factory farms. From the start, McWilliams called for the abolition of the artificial distinction between factory and farm as the necessary first step in guaranteeing farmworkers the right to collective bargaining. His work is still relevant to the ongoing migrations of peoples around the world in search of a better life."--Neil Foley, author of "The White Scourge" "Indispensable to the study of California history."--Jules Tygiel, author of "The Great Los Angeles Swindle"