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  • ISBN 069111546X
  • ISBN13 978-0691115467
  • Language English
  • Author Zaragosa Vargas
  • Publisher Princeton University Press (November 21, 2004)
  • Pages 368
  • Formats azw txt lrf doc
  • Category Social Science
  • Subcategory Social Sciences
  • Size ePub 1977 kb
  • Size Fb2 1108 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
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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 Rights Are Civil Rightspaints 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.


Vargas has produced a synthesis of Mexican American labor history worthy of the attention of every labor, Chicano, and civil rights historian. Series: Politics and Society in Modern America (Book 52).

Vargas has produced a synthesis of Mexican American labor history worthy of the attention of every labor, Chicano, and civil rights historian. -Matt Garcia, Western Historical Quarterly. Vargas's analysis is at once informative and illuminating. Professor Zaragosa Vargas has penned an extraordinary book. Labor Rights Are Civil Rights not only demonstrates the long-standing integration of workers' rights and civil rights but also provides a provocative, comprehensive sweep of Mexican-American labor history.

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.

1) Despite the subtitle - "Mexican American Workers in Twentieth-Century America" - this book actually focuses on the .

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. I have absolutely no sense from Labor Rights Are Civil Rights of whether there was any significant non-Mexican Latino working-class population in the southwest at this time, but surely there were some. I did notice that a few of the leaders - Luisa Moreno, who was deported to Guatemala, and Nicaraguan Humberto Silex, for example - were not Mexican.

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In his book, Labor Rights Are Civil Rights, Zaragosa Vargas takes these well-worn topics and, through abundant .

This is a little known story. Vargas's thesis is clearly stated early on: "In the period encompassing the 1930s and World War II years, Mexican Americans initiated a labor and civil rights movement that was the precursor of the early civil rights movement of the postwar years, which formed the foundation of the modern Chicano movement.

Mexican American Workers and CIO Organizing. The CIO would have a long-lasting effect on the political, economic, and social life of Mexican Americans, who made up the Southwest’s main labor force in the harvesting, processing, and canning of fruits and vegetables, as well as in mine, smelter, railroad, garment, and other factory work.

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Labor Rights Are Civil Rights : Mexican American Workers in Twentieth-Century America. Part of the Politics and Society in Modern America Series). 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. Labor Rights are Civil Rights. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. p. 154. ISBN 0-691-11546-X.

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