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Carey McWilliams

(1905—1980)


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(1905–80),

California attorney and sociologist, whose books include Ambrose Bierce (1929), a biography; Factories in the Field (1939), a survey of migratory agricultural workers in California; Ill Fares the Land (1942), discussing changes in U.S. agriculture, especially the dislocation of workers; Brothers Under the Skin (1943), about nonwhite minorities in the U.S.; Prejudice; Japanese-Americans: Symbols of Racial Intolerance (1944); A Mask for Privilege (1948), about anti-Semitism in the U.S.; North from Mexico (1949), on Spanish-speaking people in the U.S.; Witch Hunt (1950), about civil rights; and Southern California Country (1946) and California: The Great Exception (1949), sociological analyses. The Education of Carey McWilliams (1979) is a memoir. He was editor of The Nation (1955–79).

Subjects: Literature.


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