Right out of California : the 1930s and the big business roots of modern conservatism

by Olmsted, Kathryn S.,

Format: Print Book 2015
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction F866.O483 2015
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Call Number  F866.O483 2015
Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 320.52 OLMSTED
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In a major reassessment of modern conservatism and a stunningly original work of history, noted historian Kathryn Olmsted re-examines the explosive labour disputes in the agricultural fields of Depression-era California, the cauldron that inspired a generation of artists and writers and that triggered the intervention of FDR's New Deal. Right Out of California tells how this brief moment of upheaval terrified business leaders into rethinking their relationship to American politics
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Olmsted (Real Enemies), chair of the history department at the University of California, Davis, suggests that the New Deal's National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933, which lacked protection for agricultural workers who wanted to unionize, served as the catalyst for the organization of the political right as it is known today. Olmsted's research goes beyond newspaper archives and government transcripts, many of which, she points out, purposely did not record statements and speeches made by union organizers. Instead, she delves into oral histories and personal papers to tell the stories of how growers used violence, espionage, and virulent anti-Communist rhetoric to invoke the idea that unions would destroy the family, traditional gender roles, and whites' ability to subjugate non-whites. Olmsted expressly places a larger focus on women's involvement in the struggle for fair treatment of pickers, writing at length on Communist organizer Caroline Decker and political activist Ella Winter. This fuller perspective-along with sections on famous literary figures of the time, including Upton Sinclair, Langston Hughes, and John Steinbeck-cements Olmsted's authority on the subject of labor organization. This is an accessible work that aids in contextualizing the rise of future conservative leaders such as Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. B&w photos. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Conservatism -- California -- History -- 20th century.
Labor disputes -- California -- History -- 20th century.
Agricultural industries -- Political activity -- California -- History -- 20th century.
Businessmen -- Political activity -- California -- History -- 20th century.
Business and politics -- California -- History -- 20th century.
Social change -- California -- History -- 20th century.
Depressions -- 1929 -- California.
New Deal, 1933-1939 -- California.
California -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
California -- Economic conditions -- 20th century.
Publisher New York :2015
Language English
Description 323 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-299) and index.
ISBN 9781620970966
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