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Lie of the Land: Migrant Workers and the California Landscape, The
Author/Editor: Don Mitchell
ISBN: 0816626936
Year Published: 1996
Format: Hardcover, Paperback 
Description: Through an account of the labor history of the state (California), Mitchell examines the material and ideological struggles over living and working conditions that played a large part in the construction of the contemporary California landscape.

Relating the historical geography of California to the processes of labor that made it, Lie of the Land discusses not only significant strikes but also the everyday existence of migrant workers in the labor camps, fields, and “Hoovervilles” where they lived. Mitchell places class struggle at the heart of social development, demonstrating concretely how farm workers affected their social and material environment, as well as exploring how farm owners responded to their workers’ efforts to improve their living and working conditions.

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