Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 45–54 | Cite as

Banishment from the “gold mountain”

  • A. V. Krebs


In 1942 California corporate agribusiness seized upon racist hysteria and pseudo "national security" issues to manipulate social ideology so that it could unlawfully seize tens of thousands of acres of productive farm land from law-abiding American citizens. It was such seizures that then allowed already existing large-scale capital to further consolidate California's agricultural resources while at the same time restructuring and increasing its concentration of the state's agricultural production and food manufacturing capabilities. Meanwhile, in "the most striking mass interference since slavery with the right of physical freedom," over 120,000 Japanese Americans were placed in concentration camps and illegally deprived of their property and human rights.


Gold Agricultural Production Veterinary Medicine National Security Agricultural Economic 
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