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26 Much still needs to be done to clarify the history of workers and of labor in the West. Strikes have been most attractive to historians, whether in the Colorado or Arizona mining regions during the first three decades of the century. A few books have also recorded the travails of California Page 19 farm workers during the Great Depression. But thereafter the literature becomes more sparse. The experiences of workers in the West during World War II remains largely unwritten. The efforts of women and blacks, for example, to secure full membership in the AFL Boilermaker's Union in California, Oregon, and Washington is still an obscure saga, although that union controlled most jobs in the Pacific Coast shipbuilding industry.

8 In the West no mention of agriculture can ignore the vital element of water. In the last two decades a growing number of scholars have devoted their attention to the subject and have done much to clarify major trends. Yet the subject has hardly been exhausted. Biographical studies of key individuals in the development of water policies would add a human dimension to the subject. Just as state engineer William Ham Hall was an important influence on water policies in California during the 1880s, so Stephen Reynolds in New Mexico, state engineer for more than three decades after 1945, had considerable impact, not only in his own state but throughout the Southwest.

15. Fritz Machlup, The Basing Point System (Philadelphia: Blakiston, 1949). : Cornell University Press, 1952). 16. John B. : MIT Press, 1968); Boeing Company, Pedigree of Champions: Boeing since 1916, 4th ed. (Seattle: Boeing Company, 1977); Joseph J. Corn, The Winged Gospel: America's Romance with Aviation, 19001950 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1983). 17. Arnold S. Lott, A Long Line of Ships (Annapolis: United States Naval Institute, 1954); Wytze Gorter, The Pacific Coast Maritime Shipping Industry, 19301948, 2 vols.

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