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Zamora's book on Mexican workers in Texas during WW II wins fourth book award

Mon, December 6, 2010
Zamora's book on Mexican workers in Texas during WW II wins fourth book award
Prof. Emilio Zamora

Emilio Zamora’s book, Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas; Mexican Workers and Job Politics during World War II (Texas A&M University Press, College Station 2009), is the first book-length study that examines the Texas home front from a transnational perspective.

Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs casts a wide net over the wartime economy, New Deal policies, Mexico-U.S. relations, the official and popular language of justice and democracy, and the deleterious effect of discrimination on wartime recovery among minorities, especially Mexicans.

The book also addresses Mexico’s interventions on behalf of Mexicans in the U.S., and the U.S. State Department’s decision to bring the Good Neighbor Policy home as an anti-discrimination initiative in social and labor relations.  

Zamora examines the interplay of Mexico’s advocacy policy and the State Department’s Good Neighbor Policy in the work of the Fair Employment Practice Committee in employment discrimination. Diplomatic policies, in other words, reinforced the Mexican civil and labor cause led by the League of United Latin American Citizens.

The award was presented at the organization's annual meeting at the McNease Convention Center in San Angelo. A book signing immediately followed the banquet.

The Philosophical Society of Texas was founded in 1837 to advance literary, scientific, and philosophical research, and to promote the preservation of literary, scientific, and philosophical documents and materials. As part of this mission, they created the Award of Merit in 2000 for any book on Texas--fiction or non-fiction.
Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas has definitely garnered the attention of several other prestigious organizations. It received the Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Book Award from the Texas State Historical Association and The Texas Institute of Letters Book Prize earlier this year.

In September, his book also received the Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin's Clotilde P. García Tejano Book Prize. And in October, Zamora was honored by his alma mater, Texas A&M University at Kingsville, with the Tejano Service Award.

Zamora is a professor in the Department of History where he teaches courses on Mexicans in the U.S., Oral History, and Texas History.

He serves on the boards of the Labor and Working-class History Association, the Hispanic History of Texas Project which is headquartered at the University of Houston, and the City of Austin’s Emma Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. He also directs the East Austin Oral History Project.

Most recently, he read selections from Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas at the 14th annual Texas Book Festival and Austin Mexic-Arte Museum.

Related Links:
Professor Emilio Zamora
Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas

Philosophical Society of Texas
Three professors to present their books at Texas Book Festival
Historian to receive alumnus award; prize for book on Mexican workers during World War II
The Texas Institute of Letters
Texas State Historical Association

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