Tinged with Gold

Tinged with Gold

Author: Michael A. Tomlan

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820346748

Category: Architecture

Page: 288

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Tomlan explores all aspects of hop culture in the United States and provides a background for understanding the buildings devoted to drying, baling, and storing hops. The work considers the history of these structures as it illustrates their development over almost two centuries, the result of agrarian commercialism and technological improvement.

The Fruits of Natural Advantage

The Fruits of Natural Advantage

Author: Steven Stoll

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520920200

Category: History

Page: 302

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The once arid valleys and isolated coastal plains of California are today the center of fruit production in the United States. Steven Stoll explains how a class of capitalist farmers made California the nation's leading producer of fruit and created the first industrial countryside in America. This brilliant portrayal of California from 1880 to 1930 traces the origins, evolution, and implications of the fruit industry while providing a window through which to view the entire history of California. Stoll shows how California growers assembled chemicals, corporations, and political influence to bring the most perishable products from the most distant state to the great urban markets of North America. But what began as a compromise between a beneficent environment and intensive cultivation ultimately became threatening to the soil and exploitative of the people who worked it. Invoking history, economics, sociology, agriculture, and environmental studies, Stoll traces the often tragic repercussions of fruit farming and shows how central this story is to the development of the industrial countryside in the twentieth century.

Dark Sweat, White Gold

Dark Sweat, White Gold

Author: Devra Weber

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520084896

Category: History

Page: 338

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"Belongs on the same shelf as Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and McWilliams' Factories in the Field."--David Montejano, University of Texas