Making Lemonade out of Lemons Mexican American Labor and Leisure in a California Town 1880-1960

by Jose Alamillo

Part of the Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Series

Making Lemonade out of Lemons Mexican American Labor and Leisure in a California Town 1880-1960 Synopsis

Out of the lemons handed to Mexican American workers in Corona, California--low pay, segregated schooling, inadequate housing, and racial discrimination--Mexican men and women made lemonade by transforming leisure spaces such as baseball games, parades, festivals, and churches into politicized spaces where workers voiced their grievances, debated strategies for advancement, and built solidarity. Using oral history interviews, extensive citrus company records, and his own experiences in Corona, Jose Alamillo argues that Mexican Americans helped lay the groundwork for civil rights struggles and electoral campaigns in the post-World War II era.

Making Lemonade out of Lemons Mexican American Labor and Leisure in a California Town 1880-1960 Press Reviews

A lively narrative that makes a solid contribution to Mexican American and U.S. labor history. Alamillo adds a fresh voice to our knowledge of how and why Mexican American political action blossomed in the latter half of the twentieth century. --Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies

Book Information

ISBN: 9780252073250
Publication date: 27th April 2006
Author: Jose Alamillo
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 248 pages
Categories: History of the Americas, Sociology: work & labour,

About Jose Alamillo

Jose Alamillo is an associate professor in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies at Washington State University.

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