Join us on August 20th, 2015, 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m., as Dr. Todd Holmes discusses his findings for his upcoming book, tentatively titled, The Fruits of Fracture. Holmes examines the consequential shifts in business and party politics during the governorship of Ronald Reagan, and the overlooked role the boycott campaigns of César Chávez and the UFW played in this transformation of political economy. The book traces how the vibrant consumer politics employed by the UFW against the Corporate West — especially its economic hub, California agribusiness — fractured the political center and profoundly altered the relationship between the western business community and both political parties. This transformation ultimately led to the political and economic phenomenon that became known as Reaganism.
Todd Holmes is a postdoctoral scholar with the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University. A native of Sacramento, Todd earned a BA and MA in History at California State University, Sacramento, and a PhD in History at Yale University. He is the author of numerous articles on California politics, western agribusiness, and environmental policy. At Yale, he served four years as the Program Coordinator for James C. Scott’s Agrarian Studies Program and is currently the principal researcher of the California Coastal Commission Project at Stanford University.
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