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Migrant Citizenship: Race, Rights, and Reform in the U.S. Farm Labor Camp Program

Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Virtual Event

What could and should fair labor standards and social programs for “noncitizen” migrant farm workers in the United States look like?

Verónica Martínez-Matsuda, associate professor at the ILR School, addresses this question in her new book, Migrant Citizenship: Race, Rights, and Reform in the U.S. Farm Labor Camp Program (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020) by showing how between 1935 and 1946 the Farm Security Administration (FSA) worked with migrant families to provide sanitary housing, on-site medical care, nursery and primary schools, healthy food, recreational programing, and democratic self-governing councils.

In a live, virtual Chats in the Stacks talk, Martínez-Matsuda will discuss how these Farm Labor Camps became visionary experiments in democracy, and provide insights into how the public policy, federal interventions, and cross-racial movements for social justice of this era can offer a precedent for improving farm labor conditions today.

Registration is required to attend. A moderated question and answer session will follow the talk. The audience is encouraged to submit questions via the Q&A window in the webinar.







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Author Appearance, Lecture, Special Event


ILR School, Latino Studies Program, History, ILR Library, American Studies Program, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Diversity


history, CUL, Latino Studies, Latin American Studies, book talk, ILR, ILR School, amstcal, diversity, LSPCAL


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Contact Name

Jenny Leijonhufvud

Speaker Affiliation

Verónica Martínez-Matsuda

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Free and open to all

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Sally Lockwood

Sally Lockwood left a positive review 11/4/2020

I would love to have a recording of this.