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Author Lorence, James J., author.

Title Palomino : Clinton Jencks and Mexican-American Unionism in the American Southwest / James J. Lorence
Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2013]


Description 1 online resource (xxii, 266 pages) : illustrations
Series The working class in American history
Working class in American history.
Contents Introduction : Clinton Jencks, Mine-Mill, and biography as history -- Years of preparation : roots of radicalism. Growing up concerned : childhood, family, and the formation of a value system, 1918-1939 ; The world of work and new opportunities for social action : living faith, 1939-1945 -- Building for the future : envisioning a new world. Coming home : veterans' advocacy and renewed political commitment ; Mine-Mill and social change : economic progress, Mexican American activism, and social justice, 1945-1947 -- Cold War unionism : progressives on defense. Mobilizing for mass action : social and political initiatives, 1948-1950 ; The moment of decision : the Empire Zinc strike, grass roots feminism, and Mexican American liberation, 1950-1953 ; Telling the story : Salt of the earth as a medium of communication -- A time of peril : public exposure. Confronting domestic anti-communism : the Jencks case, civil liberties, and the law, 1953-1957 ; The web of consequences : life after Mine-Mill -- Epilogue : a reflection on the committed life
Summary A comprehensive biography of progressive labor organizer, peace worker, and economist Clinton Jencks (1918-2005), this book explores the life of one of the most important political and social activists to appear in the Southwestern United States in the twentieth century. A key figure in the radical International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers (IUMMSW) Local 890 in Grant County, New Mexico, Jencks was involved in organizing not only the mine workers but also their wives in the 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Company. He was active in the production of the 1954 landmark labor film dramatizing the Empire Zinc strike, Salt of the Earth, which was heavily suppressed during the McCarthy era and led to Jencks's persecution by the federal government. Here, a labor historian examines the interaction between Jencks's personal experience and the broader forces that marked the world and society in which he worked and lived. Following the work of Jencks and his equally progressive wife, Virginia Derr Jencks, the author illuminates the roots and character of Southwestern unionism, the role of radicalism in the Mexican-American civil rights movement, the rise of working-class feminism within Local 890 and the Grant County Mexican-American community, and the development of Mexican-American identity in the Southwest. Chronicling Jencks's five-year-long legal battle against charges of perjury, this biography also illustrates how civil liberties and American labor were constrained by the specter of anticommunism during the Cold War. Drawing from extensive research as well as interviews and correspondence, this volume highlights Clinton Jencks's dramatic influence on the history of labor culture in the Southwest through a lifetime devoted to progress and change for the social good. -- Publisher's website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [203]-254) and index
Notes English
Description based on print version record
Subject Jencks, Clinton E., 1918-2005.
SUBJECT Jencks, Clinton E., 1918-2005 fast
Subject Pacifists -- Southwestern States
Economists -- Southwestern States
Labor movement -- Political activity -- Southwestern States
Hispanic Americans -- Civil rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Labor & Industrial Relations.
Hispanic Americans -- Civil rights
Labor movement -- Political activity
United States -- Southwestern States
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019719273
ISBN 9780252094804