John Dunne’s Delano: The Story of the California Grape Strike Name Institution Instructor Course Date John Donne is a known English poet, humorist, lawyer, and member of the clergy in the Church of England. His work was noticed because it had sturdy, sensual technique and is characterized by sudden openings and different satires, sarcasms and disarticulations…
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Therefore, in order to understand the logic behind his book, one should explore how these themes are discussed and portrayed in his book. Life for immigrant farm workers was extremely complex. Labor outworker usually appointed the workers. They recruited them out of the streets and leased them to individual growers. The immigrant works were forced to reside in labor encampments that were situated on the grower’s land. However, not even the controllers of the immigrant farm workers accessed them. Nevertheless, entrance was merely by intruding or obtained consent from the grower, which was very implausible to happen. This indicates that under these circumstances, a strike was practically impractical. This meant that the California workers had no body to represent them in a meaningful manner. Additionally, there was no means of knowing whom the farm workers preferred to represent them. Besides that, nobody knew the number of workers employed in the grape farms or their living conditions. On the other hand, there were no equipments to be applied in agriculture. This made the workers to toil in the hot sun for long hours harvesting various crops. Despite that, they were compensated only fifty cents for each container they harvested. Surprisingly, at the time of payments, the farm owners deducted money from the workers to compensate any water they drank as they worked, and because several workers were Mexicans or half casts of Americans and Mexicans, they knew little English which the farm owners took advantage of and defraud their wages.1 Donne’s book has exposed the theme of labor activism in the Central Valley; the valley was regarded as the center of the nation. In this valley, work was done to give food to the metropolises of the state. Additionally, laborers reaped the yields of the territory, but they were reserved and utilized by the farm owners. Major cultivating of the California valleys commenced in the days of the tycoons, they provided the idea that suggested the need for development of California farming. This is because the land was available to be owned by anybody after the war with Mexico; however, owners were restricted purely by their own cleverness. By means of all techniques of deceit, counterfeit, and subornment The United States took over California. During this time, eight hundred awards were conveyed. As a result, more than eight million acres of California land was transferred to the awarders. The defrayal of California led to the construction of the railroads, which in turn made the deceitful Mexican land grantors look like owners of the land. Thus, merging of the farms by United States resulted to diverse farm labors. This is whereby in all parts of the country, family ranches dominated and dependency was generally on the work of the grower and the family.2 Racial segregation was another theme depicted in Donne’s book. All through the 1930s and 1940s, racism was all over California, for instance, in schools, farms, and urban centers. Eating places denied serving Mexican Americans. On the other hand, cinemas permitted them to assemble in particular parts. For example, Chavez a Mexican American was discriminated after joining the U.S Navy to battle in the Second World War, this made him to return to California to labor on the farms.
He, hungry for opportunity, declares aloud to quit his job in order to be heard by the girls. But in contrast to his expectations, they do not stop and “watch….their unsuspected hero” (Updike). His limited experience fails him to perceive the reality that lies beyond romantic appearance of the world.
In her early years, Baby Dee appeared to have attempted expressing freedom of a young person who had yet to learn of her father’s radical church ministry and political struggle of upholding the rights of the black society amid severe racial discrimination in Alabama.
She is isolated from the world, she feels frustrated with her marriage and she wants nothing more than a sense of connection to the world outside her garden gate, illustrating the general sentiment of women everywhere who were frustrated in their attempts to connect with the greater world.
Raymund Paudes uses the term Chicano to refer to people of Mexican ancestry who have resided permanently in the United States for a prolonged period. Chicanos can be native born citizens or Mexican born immigrants who have adapted to life in the US.
Along with Huerta, Chavez headed the UFWOC (United Farm Workers Organizing Committee) in their fight against grape producers, seeking for "better working conditions through nonviolent tactics such as protest marches, strikes, and boycotts." These peaceful means of protests were usually successful and ended up in the signing of agreements between the producers and the workers (http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/aa/activists/chavez/huelga_1).
The author explains that the Prison Officers Strike began in 29 August 2007 and ended the same day. It was just a 24 – hour walkout, which, however, led to severe operational problems in prisons across Britain. About 20,000 prison officers and auxiliary staff supported the strike. Prison officers had to return immediately to work.