TITLE

CLASS AND NATIONAL DIVISION IN SOUTH TEXAS: THE FARMWORKER STRIKE IN RAYMONDVILLE

AUTHOR(S)
Jennings, Paul
PUB. DATE
February 1980
SOURCE
Humanity & Society;Feb80, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p52
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In 1979, offices of the Texas Farmworkers Union were contacted by a small group of farmworkers from Raymondville Texas who wanted to organize in protest of an announced reduction in their wages at the start of the onion harvesting season. The strike which followed gained little public attention outside of the immediate area, but at its peak involved over 1000 farmworkers and resulted in an extraordinary mobilization of the local Anglo business and political establishment in an effort to contain the effects of the strike. In the course of the strike the complex of class and national antagonisms which underlie the area's unique social framework was revealed. By examining the historical background of the area and briefly recounting the events of the strike as it unfolded, one can hope to uncover and pinpoint those factors which tended to expand the initial economic confrontation between farmworkers and growers into a conflict which involved the broad questioning of the political and social institutions of the community as well.
ACCESSION #
11540496

 

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