Jennifer Garcia Peacock, University of Michigan; David Reid, Rutgers University | Newberry

Jennifer Garcia Peacock, University of Michigan; David Reid, Rutgers University

Friday, February 27, 2015

3 pm - 5 pm

B-84

Center for American History and Culture Programs
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar

“Growing La Causa: The Representation of Grapes and Grape Workers in The March from Delano to Sacramento (1966)”
Jennifer Garcia Peacock, University of Michigan

“Defining the Delta: Salt, the State, and the Cold War in the Colorado River Borderlands”
David Reid, Rutgers University

This paper describes how an increase in salt in the waters of the Colorado River in the 1960s and 1970s ignited a bi-national crisis that challenged the dominance of Mexico’s single-party state, altered hemispheric international relations, and recast the scientific, moral, and legal definitions of the western U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Waging a struggle to disarm domestic opposition movements catalyzed by the Cuban Revolution and the salt crisis, and to press the U.S. to solve the problem, the Mexican state emerged as the winner from this conflict.

Respondents: Benjamin Johnson, Loyola University Chicago; Diane Miliotes, The Art Institute of Chicago

Cost and Registration Information 

Scholl Center Seminar papers are pre-circulated electronically.  For a copy of the paper, email the Scholl Center at scholl@newberry.org.  Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend.