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The Nature of California: Race, Citizenship, and Farming since the Dust Bowl

Sarah D. Wald offers a new way of thinking through questions of national belonging by probing the relationships among race, labor, and land ownership. “Wald delivers brilliant new insights from a reading of literary, archival, and popular-culture objects . . .” [Noel Sturgeon] She devotes an entire chapter to the analysis of Sanora Babb’s Whose Names Are Unknown and Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.