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Ch 2: King Citrus and the Selling of the California Dream

The citrus industry started in Los Angeles in the 1870s and by 1900 it become one of the largest industries in the state. With images of manicured trees filled with golden fruit, snow-capped mountains and a better life, along with its year-round magical climate, the selling of the “California Dream” went a long way toward altering the landscape from farms, to city, to meet an ever-expanding population that occurred directly after World War II.   

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“Foodways” was first coined in 1942 by anthropologists, folklorists and food scholars to describe the study of why we eat what we eat, and what it means: “Food at the intersection of culture, tradition and history.” Our attitudes, practices and rituals around food are a window onto our most basic beliefs about the world and ourselves.

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