Event—Scholarly Seminars

Katherine Benton-Cohen, Georgetown University


Arizona’s Chicano Generation and their Union Miner Parents

Morenci Miners 1941, The Library of Congress

Arizona’s Chicano Generation and their Union Miner Parents

Katherine Benton-Cohen, Georgetown University

This paper offers a genealogy of members of Arizona’s Chicano/a movement in the 1960s and 1970s, who also became the state’s first state-wide Mexican-American officeholders. But their parents deserve credit for teaching them about politics and activism. From the 1930s until the 1980s, Mexican-American copper workers organized unions and sought protection from the National Labor Relations Board and the Fair Employment Practices Commission to secure well-paid jobs and middle-class households. Their children were able to attend college and many of them transformed Arizona politics.


This event is free, but all participants must register in advance and space is limited. Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend.

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About the Labor History Seminar

The Newberry Labor History Seminar provides a forum for works in progress that explore the history of working class people, communities, and culture; class and state policy; unions and popular political movements; and other related topics. Co-coordinators are Peter Cole (Western Illinois University), Colleen Doody (DePaul University), Liesl Orenic (Dominican University), and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer (Loyola University Chicago).


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