Museum Lecture "The History of California's Agricultural Labor
Presented by Daniel Polk Ph.D.
Daniel Polk is a writer and anthropologist whose research focuses on water politics in the Southwest and Latin America. His current research looks at the history of water management in the Imperial and Coachella Valleys.
September 19, 2019 12 p.m.
California agriculture is among the most developed and productive in the world, generating billions of dollars a year. The labor force, however, that drives this industry has long been poorly paid and socially marginalized. This talk will explore California farm worker history and how it fits in the broader history of agricultural development. From strikes in the 1930s to advocacy groups today, farm labor has evolved to changing conditions. This talk will look at how possibilities for fair work are tied to agriculture's history.
Bring your friends, or just bring yourself to our Lecture Series once a month. Speakers will present topics of special interest for high desert residents. The lectures start at 12:00 p.m. Admission is $ 5 or free for Museum Members/Sponsors. Beverages will be served.