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Man of Fire
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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. Including excerpts from some of Galarza's indispensable books Barrio Boy and Merchants of Labor: The Mexican Bracero Story as well as articles, conference papers, interviews, and previously unpublished reports, the writings in this collection cover such timely subjects as community development, immigration politics and the Bracero Program, the Chicano movement, Mexican American education, ethnic relations, and U.S.-Mexico relations.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Quote
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xxiv
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  1. Organization of the Book
  2. pp. xxv-xxviii
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  1. Part 1: Coming of Age in a Class Society
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. In a Mountain Village
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. On the Edge of the Barrio
  2. pp. 15-24
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  1. Part 2: Mexican Labor, Migration, and the American Empire
  2. pp. 25-26
  1. Life in the United States for Mexican People: Out of the Experience of a Mexican
  2. pp. 27-31
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  1. Program for Action
  2. pp. 32-45
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  1. California the Uncommonwealth
  2. pp. 46-62
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  1. Part 3: Action Research in Defense of the Barrio
  2. pp. 63-64
  1. Personal Manifesto
  2. pp. 65-71
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  1. The Reason Why: Lessons in Cartography
  2. pp. 72-75
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  1. Economic Development by Mexican-Americans in Oakland, California
  2. pp. 76-99
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  1. Alviso: The Crisis of a Barrio
  2. pp. 100-128
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  1. Part 4: Power, Culture, and History
  2. pp. 129-130
  1. Mexicans in the Southwest: A Culture in Process
  2. pp. 131-160
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  1. The Mexican-American Migrant Worker—Culture and Powerlessness
  2. pp. 161-166
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  1. How the Anglo Manipulates the Mexican-American
  2. pp. 167-174
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  1. Part 5: Organizing against Capital
  2. pp. 175-176
  1. Labor Organizing Strategies, 1930–1970
  2. pp. 177-191
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  1. Poverty in the Valley of Plenty: A Report on the Di Giorgio Strike
  2. pp. 192-202
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  1. Plantation Workers in Louisiana
  2. pp. 203-223
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  1. The Farm Laborer: His Economic and Social Outlook
  2. pp. 224-235
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  1. Strangers in Our Fields
  2. pp. 236-256
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  1. Part 6: Letters from an Activist
  2. pp. 257-258
  1. To Alfred Blackman, California Division of Industrial Safety, June 20, 1957.
  2. pp. 259-260
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  1. To Congressman James Roosevelt, December 20, 1957
  2. pp. 261-262
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  1. Open letter to Members of the House of Representatives, co-signed by NAWU President H. L. Mitchell
  2. pp. 263-264
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  1. To Henry P. Anderson, April 2, 1958
  2. pp. 265-266
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  1. To Henry P. Anderson, April 30, 1958
  2. pp. 267-268
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  1. Letter to Henry P. Anderson, June 24, 1958.
  2. pp. 269-270
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  1. To Jack Livingston, AFL-CIO Department of Organization, and Norman Smith, AFL-CIO Organizer, May 5, 1959
  2. pp. 271-272
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  1. To Norman Smith, December 5, 1959
  2. pp. 273-274
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  1. To “Liberal Friends who live in the East,” March 18, 1960
  2. pp. 275-276
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  1. Part 7: Appendix: Vale más la Revolución que viene
  2. pp. 277-282
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 283-284
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  1. Select Chronology
  2. pp. 285-288
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 289-296
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  1. Production Notes
  2. pp. 333-337
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