Journal Article

“A Worth-While Living from the Soil”: The Farmlet in Southern California from the Late Nineteenth Century to World War II

Eileen V Wallis

in The Western Historical Quarterly

Published on behalf of Western History Association

Volume 49, issue 2, pages 185-208
Published in print April 2018 | ISSN: 0043-3810
Published online February 2018 | e-ISSN: 1939-8603 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/whq/why030
“A Worth-While Living from the Soil”: The Farmlet in Southern California from the Late Nineteenth Century to World War II

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The American West has a long tradition of informal or backyard agricultural production. Such enterprises were urban and suburban instead of rural, part-time instead of full-time, and small scale instead of large scale. This article uses Southern California before World War II as a case study to explore the significance of urban agriculture to the region’s economic development and to its emerging cultural identity.

Journal Article.  11070 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Canadian History ; US History (Immigration and Ethnicity) ; Western US History ; Social and Cultural Anthropology ; Management of Land and Natural Resources (Social Science)

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