Making Lemonade out of Lemons

Making Lemonade out of Lemons : Mexican American Labor and Leisure in a California Town 1880-1960

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Out of the "lemons" handed to Mexican American workers in Corona, California--low pay, segregated schooling, inadequate housing, and racial discrimination--Mexican men and women made "lemonade" by transforming leisure spaces such as baseball games, parades, festivals, and churches into politicized spaces where workers voiced their grievances, debated strategies for advancement, and built solidarity. Using oral history interviews, extensive citrus company records, and his own experiences in Corona, Jose Alamillo argues that Mexican Americans helped lay the groundwork for civil rights struggles and electoral campaigns in the post-World War II era.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.1 x 17.8mm | 408.24g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252073258
  • 9780252073250
  • 2,018,667

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"A lively narrative that makes a solid contribution to Mexican American and U.S. labor history. Alamillo adds a fresh voice to our knowledge of how and why Mexican American political action blossomed in the latter half of the twentieth century."--Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studiesshow more

About Jose Alamillo

Jose Alamillo is an associate professor in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies at Washington State University."show more

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