A Letter From The Publisher: Jul. 4, 1969

ANY issue that arouses as much -» passion as the California grape strike, the subject of TIME'S cover story this week, inevitably poses a doubly difficult task for journalists. The simplest facts become fogged by rhetoric; rumor and innuendo abound and every source, it seems, has chosen sides. To meet this challenge, TIME'S Los Angeles bureau deployed nine correspondents and stringers across the Southwest. For several weeks, they toured the towns and vineyards, traveling thousands of miles and talking to hundreds of people for their report to Writer Keith Johnson and Editor Laurence...

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