Man of Fire: Selected Writings

Man of Fire: Selected Writings

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Activist, labor scholar, and organizer Ernesto Galarza (1905–1984) was a leading advocate for Mexican Americans and one of the most important Mexican American scholars and activists after World War II. This volume gathers Galarza's key writings, reflecting an intellectual rigor, conceptual clarity, and a constructive concern for the working class in the face of America's growing influence over Mexico's economic system.
Throughout his life, Galarza confronted and analyzed some of the most momentous social transformations of the twentieth century. Inspired by his youthful experience as a farm laborer in Sacramento, he dedicated his life to the struggle for justice for farm workers and urban working-class Latinos and helped build the first multiracial farm workers union, setting the foundation for the emergence of the United Farm Workers Union. He worked to change existing educational philosophies and curricula in schools, and his civil rights legacy includes the founding of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). In 1979, Galarza was the first U.S. Latino to be nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature, for works such as Strangers in Our Fields, Merchants of Labor, Barrio Boy, and Tragedy at Chualar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252037672
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 06/20/2013
Series: Working Class in American History Series
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Armando Ibarra is an assistant professor in the School for Workers at the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Rodolfo Torres is a professor of urban and regional planning and urban studies at the University of California, Irvine. His other books include Race Defaced: Paradigms of Pessimism, Politics of Possibility.Constructing Identities in Mexican American Political Organizations: Choosing Issues, Taking Sides

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Organization of the Book xxv

Part 1 Coming of Age in a Class Society

In a Mountain Village 3

On the Edge of the Barrio 15

Part 2 Mexican Labor, Migration, and the American Empire

Life in the United States for Mexican People: Out of the Experience of a Mexican 27

Program for Action 32

California the Uncommonwealth 46

Part 3 Action Research in Defense of the Barrio

Personal Manifesto 65

The Reason Why: Lessons hi Cartography 72

Economic Development by Mexican-Americans in Oakland, California 76

Alviso: The Crisis of a Barrio 100

Part 4 Power, Culture, and History

Mexicans in the Southwest: A Culture in Process 131

The Mexican-American Migrant Worker- Culture and Powerlessness 161

How the Anglo Manipulates the Mexican-American 167

Part 5 Organizing Against Capital

Labor Organizing Strategies, 1930-1970 177

Poverty in the Valley of Plenty: A Report on the Di Giorgio Strike 192

Plantation Workers in Louisiana 203

The Farm Laborer: His Economic and Social Outlook 224

Strangers in Our Fields 236

Part 6 Letters From an Activist

To Alfred Blackman, California Division of Industrial Safety, June 20, 1957 259

To Congressman James Roosevelt. December 20, 1957 261

Open Letter to Members of the House of Representatives, February 17,1958 263

To Henry P. Anderson, April 2,1958 265

To Henry P. Anderson, April 30,1958 267

To Henry P. Anderson, June 24,1958 269

To Jack Livingston, AFL-CIO Department of Organization, and Norman Smith, AFL-CIO Organiser, May 5,1959 271

To Norman Smith, December 5, 1959 273

To "Liberal Friends who live in the East," March 18, 1960 275

Part 7 Appendix

Vale más la Revolución que viene Mae Galarza 279

Selected Bibliography 283

Selected Chronology 285

Index 289

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