Known as “The Salad Bowl of the World,” California’s Salinas Valley became an agricultural empire due to the toil of diverse farmworkers, including Latinos. A sweeping critical history of how Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants organized for their rights in the decades leading up to the seminal strikes led by Cesar Chavez, this important work also looks closely at how different groups of Mexicans—U.S. born, bracero, and undocumented—confronted and interacted with one another during this period. An incisive study of labor, migration, race, gender, citizenship, and class, Lori Flores’s first book offers crucial insights for today’s ever-growing U.S. Latino demographic, the farmworker rights movement, and future immigration policy.
About the Author: Lori A. Flores
Lori A. Flores was born and raised in a small town in south Texas. Her parents both came from agricultural backgrounds and farm work but ultimately pursued careers in the sphere of public education. Lori was the first woman in her family to graduate from college (Yale University, 2005) and the first person in her family to earn a Ph.D. (Stanford University, 2011). She is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Stony Brook University, where she teaches courses on the history of Latinos, the U.S. West, the U.S. working class, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and other borderland regions around the world. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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