Agrarian origins of authoritarian populism in the United States: What can we learn from 20th-century struggles in California and the Midwest?


California, food politics, rural


Journal of Rural Studies

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Policy Summary

This study looks at the 2016 election and why the result came to a surprise to many but not to farmers and rural communities by analyzing the history of small farms and small labor organizing in California and the Midwest. Findings provide lessons for intersectional and cross-sectoral organizing in contemporary times.

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