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Making the Desert Bloom: whites and Mexicans in the agricultural development of the Salt River Valley, 1867-1930

Abstract The Phoenix area had no sizable Mexican presence before the U.S. took over the territory. Some assumed that the region was founded completely by whites from the outset. Whites and Mexicans actually held nearly equal populations throughout the first two decades of settlement. Though they did not hold equal status, their cohabitation was largely characterized by mutual interdependence and respect. Transforming the Salt River Valley's desert terrain into a regional agricultural hub depended on the Sonorans' preindustrial skills. As the town modernized, a new class of resident sought large scale projects to integrate Phoenix into the U.S. economy. Two pivotal projects achieved this. First, railroad spur lines made Phoenix accessible for... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Walker, Scott Archie (Author) / Rosales, Francisco A (Advisor) / Vandermeer, Phil (Committee member) / Stoner, Lynn (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject History / Agriculture / Labor relations / agriculture / Arizona / cotton / Mexicans / Salt River Valley
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 322 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Ph.D. History 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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