Oral History Interview with Bill Ruth
The History of Family Farming and Community in the Livingston Area Oral History Project documents the small farming communities and Japanese agricultural colonies of Yamato and Cortez in Livingston, California. Intended to be a Japanese Christian utopia by the founder, Kyutaro Abiko, the Yamamoto colony struggled until the formation of the Livingston Cooperative Society in 1914. Preparing for internment during WWII, the Yamato residents formed a corporation with residents from two other similar colonies that were run by a European-American, ensuring that the residents could reclaim their property after the war. Bill Ruth talks about how, as a pastor, he became involved with the United Farmworkers Union under Cesar Chavez and the struggles that Latino agricultural workers faced. Ruth also discusses his position as a board member in the United Farmworker Ministry and as a member of the California Association for Family Farmers.
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