This is a collection of reports, writings, correspondence, union documents, fliers and clippings from individuals and organizations
involved in the struggle for equitable wages and decent living conditions for farm workers in the United States during the
Farm workers (as opposed to farmers) have been necessary to agricultural development in the territory that is now the United
States almost from the first contact between Europeans and the peoples of the Western Hemisphere. As early as the seventeenth
century, there was an insufficient supply of stable and cheap farm labor available domestically to fulfill the needs of mass
(plantation) agriculture. The need was filled from populations outside of North America, beginning with the use of prisoners
as indentured workers in the British colonies, followed by the importation of Africans for slave labor. Commercial farming
created a subjugated underclass of farm workers that continues to the present day. In nineteenth century California, farm
labor was imported from China, Japan and South Asia. Later, it became more expedient to use laborers who came from Mexico
to work in the booming industrial agricultural farms of the valleys (San Joaquin, Salinas and Imperial) of California.
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