Labor Rights Are Civil Rights: Mexican American Workers in Twentieth-Century America

Labor Rights Are Civil Rights Mexican American Workers in Twentieth Century America In Mexican workers were among the strikers and supporters beaten arrested and murdered by Chicago policemen in the now infamous Republic Steel Mill Strike Using this event as a springboard Za

  • Title: Labor Rights Are Civil Rights: Mexican American Workers in Twentieth-Century America
  • Author: Zaragosa Vargas
  • ISBN: 9780691115467
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1937, Mexican workers were among the strikers and supporters beaten, arrested, and murdered by Chicago policemen in the now infamous Republic Steel Mill Strike Using this event as a springboard, Zaragosa Vargas embarks on the first full scale history of the Mexican American labor movement in twentieth century America Absorbing and meticulously researched, Labor RightIn 1937, Mexican workers were among the strikers and supporters beaten, arrested, and murdered by Chicago policemen in the now infamous Republic Steel Mill Strike Using this event as a springboard, Zaragosa Vargas embarks on the first full scale history of the Mexican American labor movement in twentieth century America Absorbing and meticulously researched, Labor Rights Are Civil Rights paints a multifaceted portrait of the complexities and contours of the Mexican American struggle for equality from the 1930s to the postwar era.Drawing on extensive archival research, Vargas focuses on the large Mexican American communities in Texas, Colorado, and California As he explains, the Great Depression heightened the struggles of Spanish speaking blue collar workers, and employers began to define citizenship to exclude Mexicans from political rights and erect barriers to resistance Mexican Americans faced hostility and repatriation.The mounting strife resulted in strikes by Mexican fruit and vegetable farmers This collective action, combined with involvement in the Communist party, led Mexican workers to unionize Vargas carefully illustrates how union mobilization in agriculture, tobacco, garment, and other industries became an important vehicle for achieving Mexican American labor and civil rights.He details how interracial unionism proved successful in cross border alliances, in fighting discriminatory hiring practices, in building local unions, in mobilizing against fascism and in fighting brutal racism No longer willing to accept their inferior status, a rising Mexican American grassroots movement would utilize direct action to achieve equality.

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    1. Some advice for people who are thinking of reading this book:(1) Despite the subtitle -- "Mexican American Workers in Twentieth-Century America" -- this book actually focuses on the Great Depression, WWII, and a few years immediately before and after this period. So if you want to read about Chavez organizing farm workers, you will need a different book. In fact, even if you want to learn about the Bracero Program (which began in 1942) you should probably find another book -- Labor Rights Are Ci [...]

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