The issue of transborder mobility posed a dilemma for U.S. labor organizations and for border communities that embraced workers, customers, and family connections from Mexico. Labor leaders including Ernesto Galarza of the National Farm Labor Union (NFLU) and César Chávez of the United Farm Workers (UFW) had to find ways of protecting U.S. citizen workers and yet humanely addressing the plight of resident aliens, permitted commuters, and undocumented workers from Mexico. Their strategies involved knowledge production and had to accommodate emotions. The article focuses on the Imperial-Mexicali borderlands, 1950s–1970s.
Identities, Quandaries, and Emotions: Labor in the Imperial-Mexicali Borderlands
Michael D. Aguirre is a postdoctoral fellow with the Inequality in America Initiative at Harvard University. Beginning in Fall 2021, he will be an assistant professor of history at the University of Nevada, Reno. Aguirre is currently working on his book manuscript on the Imperial-Mexicali borderlands, focused on questions of political economy, labor, race, and healthcare. He received his PhD in history from the University of Washington, Seattle.
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Michael D. Aguirre; Identities, Quandaries, and Emotions: Labor in the Imperial-Mexicali Borderlands. Southern California Quarterly 7 August 2020; 102 (3): 222–249. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/scq.2020.102.3.222
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