Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Joseph A. Fry
Number of Pages
This thesis explores the struggle for political, social, and labor rights waged by the Mexican and Mexican-American people in the Pacific Northwest. Drawing on earlier histories, social studies, census materials, interviews and newspapers articles spanning the twentieth century, the paper locates the roots of the community in the early twentieth century and details the organizing activities of farm workers, the direct political action of students, and the efforts of the whole community to attain political representation, economic power, and some measure of hard earned dignity. This study is equal parts political history, social history, and labor history, ultimately indicting an exploitive agricultural system in Oregon and Washington, one that has impeded every effort to improve the lives of Mexican immigrants, farm workers, and the community in general.
American; Dignity; Mexican; Northwest; Pacific; Struggle
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Slone, James Michael, "The struggle for dignity: Mexican-Americans in the Pacific Northwest, 1900--2000" (2006). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2086.