Cultural Uniqueness Within the Agricultural Community

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Running Head: CULTURAL UNIQUENESS OF THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY. Identifying and exploring cultural uniqueness within the agricultural community of the Central Valley, California. Jennifer D. Andrew Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary Abstract The central valley of California stretches as far north as Sacramento and south all the way to Bakersfield- from Shasta County to Kern County. It is some 450 miles long and typically 40 to 60 miles wide. It encompasses 18 counties with a total of over five million people and over 42,000 square miles--one-sixth of the population and more than two-fifths of the land area of the state. The farmers come from many different ethnic groups, and can be found all over the world. In the period between 166 and 1920, between the Civil War and World War I, California became and integrated part of the expanding United States and the construction and completion of the transcontinental railroad. This analysis will look at some of the unique cultural features that are part of this area. It was found that many of the rural small-scale farms are coming under increased social and economic pressures that can disrupt family life in many instances. There are forms of various Christian counseling that can help these families cope with some of the pressures they are facing. Contents Abstract 2 1. Introduction 5 1.1 Demographics 7 2. Crops 11 2.1 Spring 12 2.2 Summer 13 2.3 Fall 13 2.4 Winter 13 3. Family Structure 14 4. Spiritual
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