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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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The ideal Country Life: The Development of Citrus Suburbs in Southern California

The ideal Country Life: The Development of Citrus Suburbs in Southern California

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(p.17) 1 The ideal Country Life: The Development of Citrus Suburbs in Southern California
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A World of Its Own
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Matt Garcia

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807898932_garcia.6

This chapter discusses the development of citrus suburbs in Southern California. Focusing on the labor choices by citrus farmers, it considers how labor physically and culturally transformed the landscape of the citrus belt. It also demonstrates the influence of Thomas Jefferson's agrarian ideal on the creation of a nation based on farmers who own and operate citrus farms and perform labor all on their own. Finally, the chapter depicts citrus ranching as an ideal occupation for eastern and midwestern immigrants, demonstrating how they merge the best of farm life and the luxuries of urban life.

Keywords:   citrus suburbs, Southern California, citrus belt, Thomas Jefferson, citrus farms, citrus ranching, immigrants

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