Of Forests and Fields

Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest

Ethnic Mexican migration to Oregon has shaped and supported the state's largest economic industries. Tracing the history of Oregon's labor and immigrant rights movements in agriculture and timber, the author recounts the experiences of generations of residents in the Willamette Valley and Southern and Eastern Oregon. Readers learn how local community building shapes opportunity.

186 pages. ©2016.
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Reader Reviews for this Book


Review posted February 20, 2021


An excellent overview of the history of essential workers who have built and sustained Pacific Northwest industries. A must-read!


Review posted January 28, 2021


I really enjoyed this book. I recomend to many. This is a great resource that provides historical context that brings us back to the agricultural labor, specifically the NorthWest.


Review posted December 13, 2020


Great book, it shared several perspectives and was interesting to learn more about the back story that is often not shared.

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Review posted December 4, 2020


Well written history of the farm and forest workers of Oregon beginning with the Bracero program. Another revelation of how racist Oregonians truly were/are. Many of the people mentioned in the Willamette Valley are people who are revered today (Jim Weaver) as icons of progressivism. A good starting point or reference for high school and college students studying 20th Century history. The fight goes on however and tactics by the INS and those in power have become much more brutal and restrictive. My only complaint is that the book was not well edited for spelling errors.


Review posted November 4, 2020


Love this book and all of the historical information inside!


Review posted October 17, 2020


Read this as soon as I got it! Good read of our area!


Review posted September 8, 2020


Usually, you hear about immigrant work in CA, it is interesting to see it closer to home. Since my dad worked in agriculture before he got his citizenship and GED this book hits close to home.