History Department
History Department

Valerie Martínez

M.A (History), Texas Tech University

Valerie Martínez



Mexican-American/Latino History; Borderlands; Women and Gender's Studies; Labor; Military History; Race, Ethnicity, Identity


I am a native Texan originally from Lubbock. I received my B.A and M.A both in history, from Texas Tech University. My Master's Thesis was on the Bracero Program in the Trans Pecos and South Plains Regions of Texas, 1951-1964. I am currently researching Texas Latina military participation in the Second World War.


HIS 314K • History Of Mexican Amers In Us

39015 • Fall 2016
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BUR 208
(also listed as MAS 316)

The reading and lecture course examines the historical development of the Mexican community in the United States since 1848, with an emphasis on the period between 1900 and the present.  The primary purpose of the course is to address time and place specific variations in the incorporation of the Mexican community as a national minority and bottom segment of the U.S. working class.  One of my central concerns is to explain two inter-related historical trends in this incorporation, steady upward mobility and unrelenting social marginalization.  I emphasize work experiences, race thinking, social relations, trans-border relations, social causes and larger themes in U.S. history such as wars, sectional differences, industrialization, reform, labor and civil rights struggles, and the development of a modern urbanized society. Also, I incorporate relevant aspects of the history of Latinos, African Americans, and Mexico.



Manuel G. Gonzales, Mexicanos, A History of Mexicans in the US (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999).

Angela Valenzuela, “The Drought of Understanding and the Hummingbird Spirit,” Unpublished essay in my possession.

Emilio Zamora, Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas, Mexican Workers and Job Politics during WWII (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2009).

Emilio Zamora, “Guide for Writing Family History Research Paper.



Mid-term examination (25%),

Final examination (25%),

Research paper (30%),

Two chapter reports (10%)

Film report (10%).

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