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Life and Labor in the New New South$
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Robert Zieger

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813037950

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813037950.001.0001

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Chicano Labor and Multiracial Politics in Post-World War II Texas: Two Case Studies

Chicano Labor and Multiracial Politics in Post-World War II Texas: Two Case Studies

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Life and Labor in the New New South
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Max Krochmal

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037950.003.0006

Focusing on two ordinary Chicano workers who became prominent labor, civil rights, and political organizers, this chapter demonstrates that workplace struggles and multiracial alliances with whites and African Americans stood at the center of the broader Mexican American and Chicano movements. The two union organizers, Francisco F. “Pancho” Medrano of Dallas and Arnold Flores of San Antonio, fought discrimination at work and in their unions as well as in the cities in which they lived. They joined and transformed local chapters of well-known ethnic Mexican civil rights organizations, actively supported the African American freedom struggle, and became driving forces in building powerful multiracial coalitions. Their life stories transcend the whiteness arguments and generational framework that have dominated Chicano historiography.

Keywords:   Chicano/Chicana, civil rights, Francisco F. “Pancho” Medrano, Arnold Flores, black-brown relations, Dallas, San Antonio, Whiteness, Mexican Americans

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