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Mexican Consuls and Labor Organizing : Imperial Politics in the American Southwest (Center for Mexican American Studies)

Gilbert G. Gonzlez. Mexican Consuls and Labor Organizing : Imperial Politics in the American Southwest (Center for Mexican American Studies) Authors:Gilbert G. Gonzlez.
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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. Gonzalez. 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. Gonzalez 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, Gonzalez demonstrates that the Mexican government's intervention in the Chicano community did not end after the New Deal; rather, it...

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