Author Justin Akers Chacón will present a lecture on his new book, Radicals in the Barrio: Magonistas, Socialists, Wobblies, and Communists in the Mexican-American Working Class, a comprehensive study of the long and rich history of political radicalism within the Mexican and Chicano working class in the United States. Chacón documents the ways that migratory workers carried with them radical political ideologies, new organizational models, and shared class experience, as they crossed the border into southwestern barrios during the first three decades of the twentieth-century. His lecture will place special emphasis on the contributions of Mexican radicals, Jews, and other immigrant groups to the labor movement in early twentieth century Los Angeles.


Justin Akers Chacón (Author)

Justin Akers Chacón is a professor of U.S. History and Chicano Studies in San Diego. His previous work includes No One is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border (with Mike Davis).

Sponsored by the
UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies
Cosponsored by the
Chicano Studies, Labor Studies/Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and History Department