Grounds for Dreaming
Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the California Farmworker Movement (The Lamar Series in Western History)
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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.
Praise For Grounds for Dreaming: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the California Farmworker Movement (The Lamar Series in Western History)…
Won an Honorable Mention from the Western Association of Women Historians', Gita Chaudhuri Book Award.
— Gita Chaudhuri
Winner of the 2016 International Latino Book Awards in the Best History Book category.
— Book Awards
Won the Immigration and Ethnic History Society Best First Book Award 2017.
— Best First Book Award
Yale University Press, 9780300196962, 304pp.
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
About the Author
Lori A. Flores is associate professor of history at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.