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Yemeni Farm Workers In The Valley, Arab Nationalism And The UFW

Courtesy of Bob Fitch Photography Archive, Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries
Cesar Chavez, center, marching with Yemeni activists, Delano, CA, 1973

The United Farm Workers movement immediately brings to mind Cesar Chavez and Mexican laborers. And if you know your history really well, then you might also think of Larry Itliong and Filipino farm workers. But there’s another community in the Central Valley that was deeply engaged in the movement. Writer Neama Alamri has been researching the history of Yemeni farm workers as part of her doctoral dissertation at UC Merced. News Director Alice Daniel spoke with her about her recent article in Boom California.

Boom California is an online journal published by the University of California Press designed to inspire conversations about social and cultural issues. It’s now housed at Fresno State. Alamri’s article is part of a new and ongoing series of essays about the Central Valley.