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A World of Its OwnRace, Labor, and Citrus in the Making of Greater$
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Matt Garcia

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780807826584

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807898932_garcia

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A World of Its Own

Matt Garcia

University of North Carolina Press

The expansion of citrus production in San Gabriel Valley and San Bernardino Valleys from 1900 to 1970 contributed to Los Angeles's economic growth and ascendancy. During the 1920s, this region, also referred as “the citrus belt,” saw increased worker settlements comprised of Mexican immigrants. This book discusses the cultural history and the urban experience and practices of Mexican Americans in Southern California, including the use of popular culture to improve intercultural relations among the residents of San Gabriel Valley. While Mexicans brought labor and their customs and interests, discrimination and segregation, however, became prevalent in Southern California. This book examines the strategies employed by Mexican Americans of the citrus belt to overcome labor exploitation, segregation, and racism. It also examines how the social and cultural geography of this region mitigate worker activism.

Keywords:   citrus belt, Mexican Americans, popular culture, discrimination, segregation, labor exploitation, racism, activism

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