The World of the Mexican Worker in Texas (Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students)

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The twentieth century brought industrialization to Texas cities. For Mexican workers in the state, this meant worsening economic conditions, widespread discrimination, and an indifferent or at times hostile Anglo labor movement. Faced with such challenges, Mexicans often looked to each other or toward Mexico for support and inspiration in building a largely autonomous, occasionally trans-border labor movement. In this first book-length examination of the earliest organized efforts by Mexican-origin workers in Texas, Emilio Zamora challenges the usual, stereotypical depiction of Mexican workers as passive and hard to organize.

Instead, working within the framework of the "new labor history," he looks beyond the conventional focus on trade unionism and collective bargaining to encompass the broader social experiences and culture of Mexicans as a national minority and a repressed segment of the working class.

Through extensive use of Spanish-language archives in Mexico and the United States, Zamora examines workers' independent organizations--including mutual aid societies and cooperatives that functioned as unions--as well as spontaneous informal actions, including strikes, by Texas Mexican workers. He portrays the gradual yet increasing integration of those organizations into the mainstream labor movement and examines labor solidarity across ethnic lines. In addition, he discusses the special role Mexican labor played in bridging labor struggles across the international border and in challenging racial exclusion on the job in the predominantly Anglo labor federations and in the broader institutional life of South Texas.

Although the early efforts at inter-ethnic unity failed to materialize fully, Zamora concludes, they nevertheless provided a legacy that tells much about the minority position of the Mexican community, the impressive organizing activity and bid for incorporation of Mexican workers, and the ambivalent response by organized and unorganized Anglo workers.

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Emilio Zamora holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&I University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin. The recipient of two postdoctoral fellowships, he has served as coordinator of research and program director of the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA and has published in the fields of labor history and Chicano history. He is an associate professor of history at the University of Houston.

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Zamora (history, Univ. of Houston) contends in his book that historians have cast Mexican workers in an unfavorable light, portraying them as pliable to Anglo bosses and apathetic to labor concerns. Zamora's intent is to "demonstrate that Mexican workers actively sought to improve their condition." His treatment covers the social, political, and cultural environments of the era, and it includes a discussion of racism. The work is meticulously documented, making use of previously unused Spanish-language archive materials. A long chapter on the AFL details the beginnings of a labor movement in Texas. Little attention, however, is given to the female worker. Essential for Chicano and labor studies collections. (Index not seen.)-- Lisa K. Miller, American Graduate Sch. of International Management Lib., Glendale, Ariz.
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