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Proletarians of the North : Mexican Industrial Workers in Detroit and the Midwest, 1917-1933 (Latinos in American Society and Culture, #1) Paperback – March 2, 1999

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"A finely crafted analysis of Mexicans at the heart of American industry."--George J. Sanchez, "Journal of American History

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"A well-documented and persuasive description of the experiences and aspirations of the thousands of Mexicans who migrated to the Midwest in search of employment between the First World War and the Great Depression of the 1930s."—David Montgomery, Yale University

"An important contribution to a small but rapidly expanding historical literature that documents the variety and complexity of the Mexican experience in the United States. . . . Vargas not only illuminates an aspect of that experience that has been little appreciated and understood by students of Chicano history, but also offers compelling evidence that bringing Mexican workers into full view requires scholars to look through the prism of class as well as the prism of ethnicity. . . . A fine book that is certain to inform and challenge ethnic and labor historians alike."--Clete Daniel, Industrial and Labor Relations
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Product Details

  • Series: Latinos in American Society and Culture (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Revised ed. edition (March 2, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520219627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520219625
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,477,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Zaragosa Vargas has done an outstanding job in researching and explaining the historical bond Mexican workers have with the United States. His chapters on migration and the causes of northern migration from Mexico, as well as the hardhitting chapter about the plight of Mexican autoworkers in Detroit, in 1927 and subsequent years is non-biased and telling of this author's passion to fully explain, without political or racial bias. I highly recommend this book. I have studied race and population migrations to the United States, and those dynamics which influence and indeed sought and continue to exploit these populations. I was impressed with Vargas' handling of Diego Rivera and Fried Kahlo. The author does not bend to one side or the other of the political debate surrounding communism' repatration or the expectations of the Mexican worker. A fine text and a job well done. 5 stars and a hardy recommedation for PROLETARIANS OF THE NORTH: ZARAGOSA VARGAS.
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