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An Indian immigrant worker harvests beets

1907/1915

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

An Indian immigrant worker harvests beets in Hamilton City, California, for the Sacramento Valley Sugar Company

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  • Title: An Indian immigrant worker harvests beets
  • Date: 1907/1915
  • Story: In the late 1800s and early 1900s, farmers from Punjab, oppressed by British taxation and restrictions on land ownership, settled along the American west coast. They worked alongside Chinese immigrants in lumber mills and iron factories and on railroads to support the nation’s industrial boom.
  • Quote: “On arriving in the Sacramento Valley, one could not help but be reminded of the Punjab. Fertile fields stretched across the flat valley to the foothills lying far in the distance.” – Puna Singh, farmer
  • Rights: California State University, Chico, Meriam Library Special Collections

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