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From South Texas To the NationThe Exploitation of Mexican Labor in the Twentieth Century$
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John Weber

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469625232

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625232.001.0001

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The Revolution in Texas

The Revolution in Texas

International Migration, Capitalist Agriculture, and the Interstate Migrant Stream

(p.41) Chapter Two The Revolution in Texas
From South Texas To the Nation

John Weber

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the birth of commercial agriculture in South Texas during the 1910s and 1920s as improved transportation and irrigation facilities combined with the massive numbers of migrants leaving the violence and disorder of revolutionary Mexico to create an agricultural boom in the previously desolate ranching region. It also examines the massive growth of the interstate migrant stream that began and ended each year in South Texas, sending thousands of workers across the nation by the 1920s.

Keywords:   Agribusiness, Irrigation, Labor market segmentation, Labor contractors, Interstate migrant stream, Sugar beet harvest

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