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Beginnings

Marshall Ganz

in Why David Sometimes Wins

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780195162011
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943401 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162011.003.0002
Beginnings

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From 1900 to 1950, three waves of attempts at organizing farm workers failed to win a single multiyear contract, establish a sustainable farm workers union, or reform the rules governing the farm labor market. At each of those moments, ethnic labor associations, radical networks, and the American Federation of Labor (AFL) were involved, but in competition rather than collaboration. Recognizing their limited ability to challenge growers on their turf, labor leaders learned that no matter how well organized they were locally, they often had to win outside support to make even short-term gains.

Keywords: farm workers; farm labor organizing; labor union; labor movements; public support; racial justice

Chapter.  11791 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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