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the convention, Ross came down with a stomach ulcer. “So now I have all the attributes of a good organizer, except ability and an organization,” he wrote to Chavez.17 By this time, Chavez had moved with Helen and their eight kids to Delano, a grape-growing town in the San Joaquin Valley, where they eked out an existence on unemployment and whatever wages Helen earned in the fi elds. Th e prospect of launching a farmworker union was daunting, enough to freeze any sensible person in his tracks. So Chavez broke the project into pieces, just as Ross had done when

such behavior as a sign of the whiteness of Armenians and, thus, their eligibility for citizenship.6 The court’s verdict fl ew in the face of the treatment of Armenians in the grape-growing regions of California. In 1930 Stanford researcher Richard Tracy LaPiere conducted a survey of the 474 non-Armenian residents of Fresno County concerning their impressions of Armenians. LaPiere conducted his studies in the tradition of the Chicago School, a research group started by University of Chicago sociologist Robert Park concerned with the attitudes of the dominant

prohibition and the emer- gence of California’s world-renowned wine industry. “We don’t have illegal grape-growing cartels in our national forests,” she answered. “And they don’t take out guns. Th ey take out advertising.” Five days later, the California Field Poll showed Proposition 19 winning by a 49 to 42 percent margin among registered voters. On September 30, a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California put the initiative ahead by 52 percent to 41 percent. It appeared voters were buying in on potentially another transformative California marijuana

they believe it is “the right thing to do” for their family’s and employees’ health and for the sake of generations to come. Some argue further that growing grapes (or producing milk) without chemical inputs enhances the potential for terroir taste in wine (and cheese); “organic growing is the only path of grape growing that leads to optimum quality and expression of the land in wine,” says John Williams, owner of Frog’s Leap Winery in napa valley.25 There is little economic incentive, at the retail end, to craft a naturally aged cheese from organic milk or to