Bittersweet Fruit: El Monte's Berry Strike of 1933

It is difficult to characterize the El Monte Berry Strike as a tangible victory for the Mexican and working class communities; yet it served to awaken the class consciousness of a generation of labor organizers that would continue to participate in strikes and agitate against the agribusiness industry.

About the Author

Melqui Fernandez was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in 19th Century American History and is currently a community organizer in Virginia working on i...

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