The fruits of natural advantage : making the industrial countryside in California

Stoll, Steven

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  • Creator Steven Stoll
  • Format Books
  • Publication Berkeley : University of California Press, [1998] ©1998
  • Physical Details
    • xix, 273 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9780520211728, 0520211723
  • OCLC ocm37211378


  • "In the arid valleys and coastal plains of California, fruit growers established a new agriculture during the first decades of this century. In The Fruits of Natural Advantage, Steven Stoll explains how a class of capitalist farmers made California the nation's leading producer of fruit and created the first industrial countryside in the United States."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-262) and index.


  • 1. The Conservation of the Countryside. The Rural Question. Why Regions Specialize. Relative Advantages: California's Wheat Bonanza -- 2. Orchard Capitalists. The Irrigated Landscape Takes Shape. Growers. Reading the Environment. Relative Advantages: New York's Frost. Economies of the Packinghouse -- 3. Organize and Advertise. When Merchants Ruled the Trade. Cooperative Corporations. A Deal in Pears. From Overproduction to Underconsumption. The Market Makes a Landscape -- 4. A Chemical Shield. Single-Crop Ecology. Mixing Chemicals. State Business: Orchard Police and Biological Control. Scientific Authority. Industry Leads to Excess -- 5. White Men and Cheap Labor. A Season's Labor All at Once. Confusion over Exclusion. Sleeping on the Roadside. "Our Work for Our Wages" Importing a Workforce -- 6. Natural Advantages in the National Interest. The Contradictions of Growth. Shifting Scale. Orchard Culture in American Culture -- Epilogue: Restless Orchard
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