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. Professor Flores will discuss the 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. She will also look closely at how different groups of Mexicans—U.S. born, bracero, and undocumented—confronted and interacted with one another during this period. Her book is an incisive study of labor, migration, race, gender, citizenship, and class, and offers crucial insights for today’s ever-growing U.S. Latino demographic, the farmworker rights movement, and future immigration policy.
Book-signing after the lecture. Professor Lori Flores is the assistant professor in the Department of History at Stony Brook University. Free admission, but RSVP required at http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.
Dr. Lori Flores