American Political History Seminar - "Both Sides Now: Cesar Chavez, Eli Black, and the Business of Labor"

American Political History
Event date: 
November 17, 2016 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Matthew Garcia
Arizona State University
Vera S. Candiani
Princeton University
Seminar Series: 
American Political History Seminar
Co-Sponsored by: 
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Matthew Garcia, Arizona State University

Both Sides Now: Cesar Chavez, Eli Black, and the Business of Labor 

There is a pre-circulated, password-protected paper for this seminar. Please email Jennifer Loessy at to receive the password. This event is open to the public, and all are invited to attend.

Matthew Garcia is the director of the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. He also directs the Comparative Border Studies Program . He previously taught at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the University of Oregon, and Brown University. His book,  A World of Its Own: Race, Labor and Citrus in the Making of Greater Los Angeles, 1900-1970  was named co-winner for the best book in oral history by the Oral History Association in 2003 and received an Honorable Mention from the American Studies Association that same year. His book, From the Jaws of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement, explores the formation of the most successful consumer boycott in U.S. history and the grassroots activists and union leaders who created it. He was also the outreach director and co-primary investigator for the Bracero Archive Project , which was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant in 2008, and the recipient of the Best Public History Award by the National Council for Public History in 2009-2010.

The American Political History seminar series serves as a forum for scholars interested in American political history, broadly defined. Based in the Department of History, the seminar brings together faculty and graduate students from across campus for an exchange of ideas and an exploration of cutting-edge work in this resurgent field. The seminar offers Princeton graduate students a chance to meet with pre-eminent scholars working in American political history and discuss their works in progress. The seminars are organized by Professors Kevin Kruse and Julian Zelizer.

Jennifer Loessy
Area of Interest: 
Economic History
Labor History
Political History
United States
20th Century