008 - Slavery by Any Other Name (Migrant Farmworkers)

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#4#5#6#7 Episode #8 - Slavery by Any Other Name
(Migrant Farmworkers)

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Sat 29 April 2000  Michael Parenti, Chris Sturr, Clete Daniel
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Download Hour1 Download Hour2 Since May 1 is International Workers Day, we start with a brief history of May Day, and its origins in the struggle for the 8 hour workday. Our second hour looks at migrant farm labor.
We continue the lecture series with Michael Parenti. with "Racism and the Ideology of Slavery" to provide some context on the migrant farmworker system, which was modelled on chattel slavery.

In the second hour, we focus on farmwork specifically. Chris Sturr talks about the legal situation and working conditions of farmworkers in New York state, and we have a report from a rally in Albany by farmworkers as part of the now annual "Farmworker's Advocacy Day."

Labor historian Clete Daniel talks on the history of the farmworker system, and its creation by California agribusiness in the mid-1800's, and how it was consciously designed to replicate the slavery while technically not being legally considered "slavery."
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