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Boom. 2016; 61116–125 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.1.116
Published: 01 March 2016
...Noé Montes The Imperial Valley is a vast agricultural area situated at the southeast corner of the state of California, bordering Arizona and Mexico. The culture of the Imperial Valley is informed by its long and troubled history. It is a mix of American Southwest and Mexican cultures. While the...
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Boom. 2016; 6462–69 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.4.62
Published: 01 December 2016
... before my family bought the land, and which survive without irrigation or pruning. The smell is audible in the hush of rapids, momentarily drowned out by the motorcycle shifting into high gear on Highway 49. I sus- pect every California region from the county of Jefferson to the Imperial Valley provides...
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Boom. 2016; 6340–49 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.40
Published: 01 September 2016
... example, upstream along Alameda Creek from the city of Fremont sits the water temple at Sunol, dedicated in 1910 by William Bourne and other members of the San Francisco elite associated with the private Spring Valley Water Company. The temple sits at the convergence of multiple water sources in the...
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Boom. 2015; 5420–33 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2015.5.4.20
Published: 01 December 2015
... California s reli- gious and political landscape. During the 1930s, between 300,000 and 400,000 people from Dust Bowl states arrived in California, with a third moving to the San Joaquin Valley BOOM | W I N T E R 2015 23 and half to cities.11 Roughly 95 percent of the new migrants were white. Darren Dochuk...
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Boom. 2015; 51v–vi doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2015.5.1.v
Published: 01 March 2015
... talk of a new era of peace and prosperity, technological won- ders, and global trade and understanding centered on the Pacific ran a strong current of scientific racism, which justified imperial ambitions abroad and segregation at home. This was cosmopolitanism from the top down, for the benefit of...
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Boom. 2015; 514–11 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2015.5.1.4
Published: 01 March 2015
... Central Willard E. Worden, Untitled ((Clipper Ship in the Golden Gate circa 1904. COURTESY OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA. BOOM | S PR I NG 2015 5 Valley farming was starting to fill grain ships bound for far-off Pacificmarkets at the ports of Stockton and Sacramento. Ship- ment of grain, borax (amineral...
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Boom. 2015; 5195–105 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2015.5.1.95
Published: 01 March 2015
... for so long, some peo- ple want to believe that California is a category of place, a formula that can be replicated elsewhere, that the next Silicon Valley, for example, is just a matter of arranging inputs. And I think that really mistakes what California is. California is a set of circumstances that...
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Published: 01 December 2014
... author of Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin and, with photographer Robert Dawson, Promised Land: Waking from the California Dream. He is currently a visiting scholar at University of California, Berkeley. D A V I D B U T OW is a photojournalist based in California. His most recent work...
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Boom. 2014; 42103–113 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2014.4.2.103
Published: 01 June 2014
... near AT&T Park on Third and King streets covers Multimedia Gulch, the major hub for start-ups during the first dot-com boom of the 1990s. Back then, in the relatively innocent days of the digital Neolithic, San Francisco was a boutique outpost hovering beyond the northern border of the Silicon Valley...
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Boom. 2013; 3454–66 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.4.54
Published: 01 December 2013
... do-it-yourself focus on localism and small- scale farming, rather than on broader injustices within the California food system such as workers exposure to toxic chemicals, chronically low wages, and expanding informal settlements in the agricultural belts of the Central Valley and Imperial Valleys...
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Boom. 2013; 3368–77 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.3.68
Published: 01 September 2013
... who would fund the project. The Hoover Dam project was born as a measure to bring flood control and irrigation to the growers of Imperial Valley. The valley s output of $2 billion in crops at the turn of the last century! was menaced by a series of floods beginning in 1905, caused by the construction...
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Boom. 2011; 1431–44 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2011.1.4.31
Published: 01 November 2011
... life. One of these activists, Ventura Gutiérrez of San Bernardino, who had begun a binational labor justice organization, Alianza Braceros Pro-A, directed me to the Coachella and Imperial valleys. With the help of two of his assistants, Rosa Marta Zarate-Macías and Raciel Gar- cía, we put together a...
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Boom. 2011; 1488–92 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2011.1.4.88
Published: 01 November 2011
..., transborder celebration of el Grito de la Independencia (Mexican Independence Day) in the Owens Valley in 1903, the article argues that the Tea Party’s anti-immigrant ideology relies on a flattening of history to cast migrant workers as outsiders and naturalize Anglo dominance of the region. © 2011 by the...
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Boom. 2011; 1372–79 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2011.1.3.72
Published: 01 August 2011
... workers, fleeing the disruption caused by the Mexican Revolution, came by the thousands to work in California fields. The racial and cultural divisions between the Mexican agricultural labor force and the Anglo middle Migratory Mexican field worker s home on the edge of a frozen pea field. Imperial...
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Boom. 2011; 1259–74 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2011.1.2.59
Published: 01 May 2011
... the organizational drive. 18 The Communists began by organizing Filipino and Mexican lettuce pickers in the Imperial Valley in 1930. The growers quickly mobilized the powers of local, state, and federal officials against them. The county sheriff arrested strikers for vagrancy; federal immigration...
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Boom. 2011; 1166–69 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2011.1.1.66
Published: 01 March 2011
... narcotraficantes that have become stock figures in representations of the borderlands. As a social and environmental experiment, the Imperial Valley has few rivals even in a state as radically transfigured as twentieth-century California. And though Vollmann surely owes some of his popularity to the public s...