Mexican Consuls and Labor Organizing: Imperial Politics in the American Southwest by Gilbert G. GonzálezMexican Consuls and Labor Organizing: Imperial Politics in the American Southwest by Gilbert G. González

Mexican Consuls and Labor Organizing: Imperial Politics in the American Southwest

byGilbert G. González

Paperback | January 1, 1999

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Chicano history, from the early decades of the twentieth century up to the present, cannot be explained without reference to the determined interventions of the Mexican government, asserts Gilbert G. González. In this pathfinding study, he offers convincing evidence that Mexico aimed at nothing less than developing a loyal and politically dependent emigrant community among Mexican Americans, which would serve and replicate Mexico's political and economic subordination to the United States.

González centers his study around four major agricultural workers' strikes in Depression-era California. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, he documents how Mexican consuls worked with U.S. growers to break the strikes, undermining militants within union ranks and, in one case, successfully setting up a grower-approved union. Moreover, González demonstrates that the Mexican government's intervention in the Chicano community did not end after the New Deal; rather, it continued as the Bracero Program of the 1940s and 1950s, as a patron of Chicano civil rights causes in the 1960s and 1970s, and as a prominent voice in the debates over NAFTA in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Gilbert G. González is a Professor in the School of Social Sciences and Director of the Focused Research Program in Labor Studies at the University of California, Irvine.
Title:Mexican Consuls and Labor Organizing: Imperial Politics in the American SouthwestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:301 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.75 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292728247

ISBN - 13:9780292728240

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Table of Contents

  • Preface and Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. The 1910 Mexican Revolution, the United States, and México de afuera
  • Chapter 2. Organizing México de afuera in Southern California
  • Chapter 3. The Los Angeles County Strike of 1933
  • Chapter 4. The San Joaquin Valley Strike of 1933
  • Chapter 5. The Imperial Valley Strikes of 1933-1934
  • Chapter 6. Denouement and Renaissance
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

From Our Editors

Gilbert G. Gonzalez argues the acts of the Mexican government require detailing before an accurate explanation of Chicano history can begin. From the early 20th century until present day, Chicano history centred on the Mexican government’s desire to undermine the well-being of the emigrant community among Mexican Americans to serve their political needs. Mexican Consuls and Labor Organizing looks at the major labour movements in Depression-era California and how the Mexican government tried to "help" its workers.

Editorial Reviews

"This is the most comprehensive extant study in a growing literature on the role of the Mexican consulate in the United States." - Dennis Nodín Valdés, author of Al Norte: Agricultural Workers in the Great Lakes Region, 1917-1970