Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies/History Department
LHCS 412/Hist 401: Latino/as in US Labor and Working Class History
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GOALS AND APPROACH
This course will examine the presence and experience of working class people of Latin American descent in the history of the United States and its colonial dependencies. By looking at different aspects of working class history in both rural and urban contexts including different forms of labor organizing, work sites, and regional and ethnic contexts, we will examine the rich and diverse experiences that connected Latin American and Caribbean immigrants and long-established hispanic ethnic/racialized communities to a larger, multi-ethnic US labor history since the 1850s. The course will focus on aspects of working class history that have long been part of working class studies, as well as some newer more interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches: the immigration process, the labor process, organizing, land tenure, ethnic conflict, the tensions between culture and class-based approaches, the formation of working class communities, dual labor markets and discrimination, left politics and worker struggles, the dissapearance of work and ghetto-formation, the racialization of Latino workers, and the decisive power-yielding and gatekeeping functions of the dominant anglo institutions and the state.
This course has very straightforward requirements:
BOOKS REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE
The following books are should be ordered from Amazon or another discount retailer of books. Other readings not ordered by the bookstore are available on electronic reserves at Kilmer Library.
COURSE ORGANIZATION AND SCHEDULE
9/6 Week 1: Latinos and US Labor and Working Class History: An Introduction
9/13 Week 2 : Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the Southwest, 1800-1900
- Jacqueline Jones. American Work: Four Centuries of Black and White Labor. Chaps 10-12.
- González. Harvest of Empire. Chaps. 4-8.
- Brody. In Labor's Cause. Chaps. 2,3,5,6. [Will be discussed next week]
9/20 Week 3 Industry, Service, Farming and Mining in the Southwest, 1900-1930
- Gomez-Quiñones. Mexican American Labor. Chaps. 1-3.
- Gunther Peck. Reinventing Free Labor: Padrones and Immigrant Workers in the North American West, 1880-1930. Chaps.
Select one of these:
9/27 Week 4: 1900-1930 Industry, Railroads and New Communities West and Midwest
10/4 Week 5: Early Twentieth Century Caribbean Workers and Artisans in New York City
- Vargas. Proletarians of the North. Chaps. 1-4.
- Gomez-Quiñones. Mexican American Labor. Chap. 4
10/11 Week 6: The Depression
10/18Week 7: War, Braceros, and Great Migrations, 1940-1960s
- Guerin-Gonzales. Mexican Workers and the American Dreams. Chaps.4-6.
- Vargas. Proletarians of the North. Chap. 5.
- Center for Puerto Rican Studies. Labor Migration Under Capitalism. Chap. 5.
- Carmen Teresa Whalen. From Puerto Rico to Philadelphia: Puerto Rican Workers and Postwar Economies. Chaps. 3.
- Gomez-Quiñones. Mexican American Labor. Chaps. 6-7.
10/25 Week 8: Earning a Living in the Big Cities: Los Angeles
- Joon K. Kim. "The Political Economy of the Mexican Farm Labor Program, 1942-64" Aztlán 29:2 Fall 2004: 13-53.
11/1 Week 9: Earning a Living in the Big Cities: East Coast
Select one of these two:
11/8 Week 10: No Readings! We meet at the Library
11/15 Week 11: Local Experiences of Migration and Work
- Sarah Mahler. "Suburban Transnational Migrants: Long Island's Salvadorans" in Migration, Transnationalization, and Race in a Changing New York. Ed. by Hector Cordero Guzman, Robert Smith and Ramon Grosfoguel.
- Juan Vicente Palerm. "Immigrant and Migrant Farmworkers in the Santa Maria Valley." in Transnational Latina/o Communities, Politics, Processes, and Culture. Ed. by Carlos Velez-Iban~ez and Anna Samapaio.
- Carmen Teresa Whalen. From Puerto Rico to Philadelphia: Puerto Rican Workers and Postwar Economies. Chap. 6.
11/29 Week 12: No Class
2/6 Week 13: Poverty and the absence of work
Select one reading from each group of two readings:
12/13 Week 14: New Work Regimes, Labor Organizing since the 1980s
- María Angelina Soldatenko, “Made in the USA: Latinas/os?, Garment Work and Ethnic Conflict in Los Angeles’ Sweat Shops,” Cultural Studies 13, 2 (1999): 319-34.
- Jose E. Cruz, "The Changing Socioeconomic and political fortunes of Puerto Ricans in New York City, 1960-1990" in Boricuas in Gotham: Puerto Ricans in the Making of Modern New York City, Haslip-Viera, Falcon and Matos Rodriguez, eds.
- Margaret Zamudio, "Segmentation, Conflict, Community and Coalitions: Lessons from the New Laor Movement," in [ ]
- Terry Repak. Waiting on Washington. Chaps. 4-5.
- Wayne Cornelius. "The Structural Embeddedness of Demand for mexican Immigrant Labor: New Evidence from California" in Crossing: Mexican Immigration in Interdsiciplinary Perspectives. Edited by Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco