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Join us for a talk about the complexities of Latino political identity in the United States with Geraldo Cadava, author of the new book The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump, in conversation with Michelle Nickerson.
Latino voters are often assumed by pundits to support Democratic candidates by overwhelming margins. The truth is more complicated. In The Hispanic Republican, Geraldo Cadava illuminates the history of the millions of Hispanic Republicans who, since the 1960s, have made a significant impact on national politics. Intertwining the political history of Hispanic people with a cultural study of how post–World War II Republican politicians actively courted the Hispanic vote during the Cold War and during periods of major strife in Central America, Cadava offers insight into the complex dynamic between Latino liberalism and conservatism. In this talk, Cadava will discuss his new book and the development of Latino political identity with Nickerson, a historian whose work also addresses conservatism in the United States.
About the Speakers:
Geraldo Cadava, professor of history and Latina and Latino Studies at Northwestern University, is an expert on the United States-Mexico borderlands, Latin American immigration to the United States, and political conservatism in the United States. He also authored the book Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and other publications.
Michelle Nickerson is associate professor of history at Loyola University Chicago, where she teaches courses on the history of women and gender, US politics, and urban America. Her scholarship focuses on politics and social movements from right to left. Nickerson’s first book, Mothers of Conservatism: Women and the Postwar Right, appeared in 2012, shortly after Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Place, Space, and Region, a volume of essays she co-edited. Nickerson’s most recent book project, Spiritual Criminals: How the Camden 28 Put the Vietnam War on Trial, examines the relationship between Catholicism and radicalism in the peace movement during the Vietnam War era in the United States.
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