The Harvest Labor Market in California

The Harvest Labor Market in California

The Harvest Labor Market in California

The Harvest Labor Market in California

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This study is the third in a published series of studies of farm labor financed by the Ferguson Foundation of Detroit and is included in the Wertheim Fellowship Publications. The research upon which this study is based was a joint undertaking under grants from both.

The book owes much to many people, but most of all to the general atmosphere of Harvard with its unfailing commitment to the importance of serious intellectual enterprises. I have a special debt to Professors John D. Black and John T. Dunlop, through whose interest the facilities of Harvard became available to me.

Portions of the book owe a particular indebtedness to two persons of whom only one is known to me. Chapters 2 and 3 are entirely derivative. The interpretations are mine and I assume full responsibility for them. The data, however, were developed by others. Chapter 3 is almost entirely based upon work done for the Division of Labor Law Enforcement of the Department of Industrial Relations of the State of California by a former colleague of mine, Mr. Alan Bruce. Chapter 2 I owe in large part to an anonymous employee of the Federal Writers Project who left a manuscript recording the results of his research into the history of labor contracting in California. I have always found the myth of institutional authorship unattractive. It is disturbing that I have now no alternative but to acknowledge my debt to a bureau, since I cannot discover the true author of the manuscript upon which I have relied so heavily. Each source which it cites has been checked, save three or four which were not available to me at Cambridge or Berkeley. My conclusions and appraisal of the contract system are radically different, yet the chapter operates wholly within the framework of historical fact established by the Federal Writers Project and its anonymous employee.

In the final writing of this study I had resort to the two earlier numbers in the farm labor series, namely, Howard Parsons' The Impact of Fluctuations in National Income on Agricultural Wages and Employment, and Alexander Morin The Organizability of Farm Labor in the United States.

L. F.

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