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The Fruits of Their LaborAtlantic Coast Farmworkers and the Making of Migrant Poverty, 1870-1945$
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Cindy Hahamovitch

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780807846391

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807899922_hahamovitch

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The Sacrifice of Golden Boys and Girls: The Padrone System and New Jersey Agriculture

The Sacrifice of Golden Boys and Girls: The Padrone System and New Jersey Agriculture

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(p.38) 2 The Sacrifice of Golden Boys and Girls: The Padrone System and New Jersey Agriculture
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The Fruits of Their Labor
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Cindy Hahamovitch

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807899922_hahamovitch.7

This chapter shows how the concern for Italian berry pickers in New Jersey was a small part of a much larger and more sweeping “progressive movement.” Reformers were concerned about so many social ills that historians have had a hard time identifying a coherent movement. If anything united the myriad causes that animated turn-of-the-century reformers, it was concern for order and stability and a willingness to reconsider the relationship between the state and society. The reformers who took up New Jersey's berry pickers as their cause stood firmly within that camp. However, most of the social workers, philanthropists, and clergy who constituted the foot soldiers of the progressive movement were haunted by urban, not rural, issues.

Keywords:   Italian berry pickers, New Jersey, progressive movement, reformers, social ills

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