Sweet Tyranny: Migrant Labor, Industrial Agriculture, and Imperial Politics

Sweet Tyranny: Migrant Labor, Industrial Agriculture, and Imperial Politics

by Kathleen Mapes
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0252076672

ISBN-13: 9780252076671

Pub. Date: 05/19/2009

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

In this innovative grassroots to global study, Kathleen Mapes explores how the sugar beet industry transformed the rural Midwest by introducing large factories, contract farming, and foreign migrant labor. Identifying rural areas as centers for modern American industrialism, Mapes contributes to the ongoing expansion of labor history from urban factory workers to

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In this innovative grassroots to global study, Kathleen Mapes explores how the sugar beet industry transformed the rural Midwest by introducing large factories, contract farming, and foreign migrant labor. Identifying rural areas as centers for modern American industrialism, Mapes contributes to the ongoing expansion of labor history from urban factory workers to rural migrant workers. She engages with a full range of people involved in this industry, including midwestern family farmers, industrialists, eastern European and Mexican immigrants, child laborers, rural reformers, Washington politicos, and colonial interests.

Engagingly written, this book demonstrates that capitalism was not solely a force from above but was influenced by the people below who defended their interests in an ever-expanding imperialist market. The issue of how Americans would satiate their growing demand for sweetness-whether with beet sugar grown at home or with cane sugar raised in colonies abroad-became part of a much larger debate about the path of industrial agriculture, the shape of American imperialism, and the future of immigration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252076671
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
05/19/2009
Series:
Working Class in American History Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Rural Industrialization and Imperial Politics 13

2 Contract Farming in Rural Michigan 39

3 Family Farms, Child Labor, and Migrant Families 65

4 Farmers and the Great War 96

5 Immigrant Labor and the Guest Worker Program 122

6 Mexican Immigrants and Immigration Debate 143

7 Child Labor Reformers and Industrial Agriculture 166

8 Remaking Imperialism and the Industrial Countryside 186

9 The Politics of Migrant Labor 215

Epilogue 241

Notes 247

Index 301

Illustrations follow page 64

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