Man of Fire
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Illinois Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Quote
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... We have many people to thank, and we want to acknowledge them and First and foremost, we would like to thank our families for all their sacrifices, inspiration, support, and wisdom that set the foundation for the accomplish-ment of this labor. Muchísimas gracias. Each of you has had a fundamental role Several of our colleagues deserve particular mention. We have learned much ...
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Galarza is a man of courage, integrity, scholarship and compassion, an idealist who remains quite unapologetic about his special brand Ernesto Galarza (1905–1984) was the most significant and prolific Mexi-can American social critic and public intellectual of the twentieth century. He eludes classification: his passion, integrity, dignity, and grit as a labor organizer, ...
Organization of the Book
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... We have included excerpts from significant publications as well as un-published work, interviews, speeches, and letters. The selected entries acquaint the reader with the breadth of Dr. Galarza’s work in political economy, labor studies, Mexican labor migration, organizing, and education reform. They point to the urgent need to develop new ways of excavating Galarza’s work and new ways of ...
Part 1: Coming of Age in a Class Society
In a Mountain Village
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Excerpt from Ernesto Galarza, Barrio Boy (1971; repr., Notre Dame, Ind.: this is the introductory chapter to barrio boy and offers Galarza’s early child-hood memories of growing up in a mexican mountain village. the lessons he learned in Jalcocotán, nayarit, about family and community, culture, nature, and standing up for oneself are not so different than those he practiced and ...
On the Edge of the Barrio
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Excerpt from Ernesto Galarza, Barrio Boy (1971; repr., Notre Dame, Ind.: the final chapter of barrio boy leaves us with Galarza looking into the hori-zon over the sacramento Valley contemplating his future. the journey from Jalcocotán to sacramento has been difficult and has been dictated by work and the search for the next best chanza (job). by the time he had finished ...
Part 2: Mexican Labor, Migration, and the American Empire
Life in the United States for Mexican People: Out of the Experience of a Mexican
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Ernesto Galarza, “Life in the United States for Mexican People: Out of the Experience of a Mexican,” in Proceedings of the National Conference of Social Work [Formerly National Conference of Charities and Correction] at the Fifty-Sixth Annual Session Held in San Francisco, California, June 26–July 3, 1929 in 1929, when he was twenty-four, Galarza presented this paper at the national ...
Program for Action
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Ernesto Galarza, “Program for action,” part of a special section titled “the Mexican american: a National Concern,” in Common Ground 9, Common ground was a publication of the Common Council for American Unity (1939–1959), a progressive organization whose purpose was to conduct research and do outreach to promote inclusive citizenship. one of their stated ...
California the Uncommonwealth
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Excerpt from Ernesto Galarza, Merchants of Labor: The Mexican Bracero Story; An Account of Time Managed Migration of Mexican Farm Workers in California, though Merchants of labor: the Mexican bracero story was originally self-published in 1964, the demand far exceeded Galarza’s printing capacity, and he contracted with mcnally and loftin Publishing for a second printing that ...
Part 3: Action Research in Defense of the Barrio
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In Ernesto Galarza, The Burning Light: Action and Organizing in the Mexican Community in California, interviews conducted by Gabrielle Morris and timothy Beard in 1977, 1978 and 1981 (regional Oral History Office, the Bancroft Libraries, University of California, 1982), 107–112. Date of in this interview Galarza offers a detailed account of the models he used in ...
The Reason Why: Lessons in Cartography
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Ernesto Galarza, “the reason Why: Lessons in Cartography,” Rural America (September 1978). Courtesy of the U.S. Department of agriculture.this short piece notes the importance of human geography and maps the po-litical and economic terrains that unfolded because of the borders the United states and mexico share. Galarza’s mentor at Columbia University was William ...
Economic Development by Mexican-Americans in Oakland, California
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Excerpts from Ernesto Galarza, Economic Development by Mexican-Americans in Oakland, California: An Analysis and a Proposal (Berkeley, Calif.: Social this report is another example of Galarza’s mastery of spatial sociology. this report combines economic, political, and cultural geography to give a detailed account of the oakland mexican American community and notes the impact ...
Alviso: The Crisis of a Barrio
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Ernesto Galarza, Alviso: The Crisis of a Barrio (San Jose, Calif.: Galarza was commissioned by the John Hay Whitney foundation and the mexican American Community services Agency to study and report on the political and economic inequalities in Alviso, California. His research team found that Alviso was undergoing an economic transformation that was ma-...
Part 4: Power, Culture, and History
Mexicans in the Southwest: A Culture in Process
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Ernesto Galarza, “Mexicans in the Southwest: a Culture in Progress,” in Plural Society in the Southwest, edited by Edward M. Spicer and raymond H. thompson (albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1972), 261–297.the following selection is a revised version of a paper originally prepared for a 1970 conference organized by anthropologist Edward H. spicer devoted to ...
The Mexican-American Migrant Worker—Culture and Powerlessness
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Excerpt from Galarza’s testimony before the Subcommittee on Migratory Labor of the Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare on July 28, 1969, in Migrant Seasonal Farmworker Powerlessness, Hearings before the Subcommittee on Migratory Labor of the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, United States Senate, Ninety-First Congress, First and Second Sessions ...
How the Anglo Manipulates the Mexican-American
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Speech presented at the Mexican-american Leadership Conference, Camp Max Strauss, Los angeles, California, May 15, 1965, in Proceedings of the Mexican-American Adult Leadership Conference, May 14–16, 1965, Camp Max Strauss, Glendale, California, edited by L. M. López (San Jose, Calif.: Mexican-american Galarza was asked to provide the keynote speech at many conferences during ...
Part 5: Organizing against Capital
Labor Organizing Strategies, 1930–1970
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...[Notes on a talk at United Farm Workers Boycott Office, San Jose], in Ernesto Galarza, The Burning Light: Action and Organizing in the Mexican Community in California, interviews conducted by Gabrielle Morris and timothy Beard in 1977, 1978, and 1981 (regional Oral History Office, the Bancroft Libraries, University in this interview Galarza contextualizes the farm workers’ labor movement and ...
Poverty in the Valley of Plenty: A Report on the Di Giorgio Strike
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Ernesto Galarza, “Poverty in the Valley of Plenty: a report on the Di Giorgio Strike,” May 14, 1948, unpublished report. Courtesy of Department of Special Collections and University archives, Stanford University Libraries.this is the original report Galarza wrote to document the eight-month strike of local 218 of the national farm labor Union against the diGiorgio fruit ...
Plantation Workers in Louisiana
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...(Washington, D.C.: Inter-american Education association, 1955), 43–72.Galarza was part of the progressive democratic left wing of the labor move-ment that believed that social problems were labor problems. this guiding principle challenged organized labor to reflect on its agenda and note whether it had the interests of all workers in mind regardless of industry of employ-...
The Farm Laborer: His Economic and Social Outlook
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Presentation to the Western region Migrant Health Conference, UCLa, June 1967, co-sponsored by Migrant Health Branch, U.S. Public Health Services, Washington D.C., and the School of Public Health, UCLa.. Original transcribed from tape recording. Courtesy of Department of Special Collections and Galarza delivered this speech at the Western regional migrant Health Confer-...
Strangers in Our Fields
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Excerpt from Ernesto Galarza, Strangers in Our Fields: Based on a Report Regarding Compliance with the Contractual, Legal, and Civil Rights of Mexican Agricultural Contract Labor in the United States (Washington, D.C.: United States Section, Joint United States–Mexico trade Union Committee, 1956).this 1956 report methodically addresses every aspect of the international ...
Part 6: Letters from an Activist
To Alfred Blackman, California Division of Industrial Safety, June 20, 1957.
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...this letter is illustrative of many hundreds of letters Galarza wrote to officials in state and federal agencies regarding violations of laws and regulations, par-ticularly abuses under the bracero Program. in 1957 nearly 500,000 braceros were contracted to work on various corporate farms throughout the southwest. the California agriculture industry received nearly 200,000 workers from the ...
To Congressman James Roosevelt, December 20, 1957
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...in addition to being the principal speaker, pamphleteer, researcher, and or-ganizer for the national Agriculture Workers Union, Galarza was an indefati-gable lobbyist, who kept constant pressure on elected officials and high-level When the union was denied access to public information about braceros and growers, Galarza reached out to Congressman James roosevelt (1955–...
Open letter to Members of the House of Representatives, co-signed by NAWU President H. L. Mitchell
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...this is another example of Galarza’s lobbying. Galarza liked to be known as director of research and education, but for the purpose of this letter he was the union’s secretary. the national Agricultural Workers’ Union viewed Public law 78 (1951) as the single greatest obstacle for the farm worker labor movement. this law outlined the conditions of employment and recruitment ...
To Henry P. Anderson, April 2, 1958
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Anderson was a graduate student at the school of Public health at UC berkeley, where he was studying the bracero Program under a grant from the national institutes of Health. the result of this research was the bracero Program in California, with Particular reference to health status, attitudes, and Practices (berkeley: school of Public Health, University of California, 1961), which ex-...
To Henry P. Anderson, April 30, 1958
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...“Knight letters” is a reference to occasional broadsides Galarza sent to Good-win J. Knight, republican governor of California. He also sent copies to the The “knight letters” will continue for another number or two. I trust their sub-We have already collected evidence that the dollar.oldstyle4.00 per month deduction for insurance is not enough. Some men are being charged at the rate of dollar.oldstyle6.00 per ...
Letter to Henry P. Anderson, June 24, 1958.
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...this letter is a reply to a long letter Anderson had written about his first trip to Washington, d.C., during which he found that members of the “Eastern liberal establishment” lacked any real passion about the bracero system or farm labor in general. the attempt by Anderson and Galarza to shake them up soon led to the termination of Anderson’s research project at UC berkeley....
To Jack Livingston, AFL-CIO Department of Organization, and Norman Smith, AFL-CIO Organizer, May 5
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When Galarza wrote this letter, he had just been put on the Afl-Cio payroll as assistant director of the Agricultural Workers organizing Committee (AWoC). livingston was head of the national Afl-Cio department of organization. this was the first time Galarza had had to deal directly with the bureaucratized labor movement. during most of his years with the national farm labor Union ...
To Norman Smith, December 5, 1959
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...by this point, Galarza had come to a parting of the ways with AWoC because it was not assigning its members to the nAWU, as he had understood it would. However, he was still on good personal terms with smith, the AWoC director, and thus asked for a modest contribution to meet nAWU’s legal needs. but smith was answerable to livingston, livingston was answerable to meany, and ...
To “Liberal Friends who live in the East,” March 18, 1960
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...this is vintage Ernesto Galarza, complete with a quote from an elegiac ode by Catullus. the context of this memo was a controversy over the extension of Public law 78. Galarza was an “impossibilist” who believed the opponents of the bracero system should hold out for no extension at all. A good Eastern liberal, George mcGovern of south dakota (later democratic nominee for ...
Part 7: Appendix
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Publishes “Life in the United States for Mexican People: Out of the Experience of a Mexican,” in Proceedings of the National Confer-ence of Social Work [Formerly National Conference of Charities and Correction] at the Fifty-Sixth Annual Session Held In San Francisco, California June 26–July 3, 1929 (Chicago: University of Chicago ...
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Page Count: 296
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: The Working Class in American History