Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas

Mexican Workers and Job Politics during World War II

978-1-60344-066-0 Cloth
6 x 9. 336 pp. 18 b&w photos. 8 tables.
Pub Date: 01/14/2009
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1994 T. R. Fehrenbach Award in Texas History, Texas Historical Commission H. L. Mitchell Award in Southern Working Class History, The Southern Historical Association The Most Significant Scholarly Book prize for 2009 by the Texas Institute of Letters Carol Horton Tullis Memorial Prize in Texas for 2009 by the Texas State Historical Association The 2010 Award of Merit from the Philosophical Society of Texas 2010 The Clotilde P. García Tejano Book Prize from the Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin
In Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas, Emilio Zamora traces the experiences of Mexican workers on the American home front during World War II as they moved from rural to urban areas and sought better-paying jobs in rapidly expanding industries. Contending that discrimination undermined job opportunities, Zamora investigates the intervention by Mexico in the treatment of workers, the U.S. State Department's response, and Texas' emergence as a key site for negotiating the application of the Good Neighbor Policy. He examines the role of women workers, the evolving political struggle, the rise of the liberal-urban coalition, and the conservative tradition in Texas. Zamora also looks closely at civil and labor rights–related efforts, implemented by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the Fair Employment Practice Committee.

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